Lapis Luna Reserve Cabernet Franc 2020, California

First Release 2020: 75% Cabernet Franc, 17% Petite Sirah, 8% Merlot. Oak: 30% new, 70% used, 80% French, 20% American. Barrel aged: 16 months. Winemaking: Each lot was fermented separately. Gentle fermentation techniques to avoid over extraction. Extended maceration for tannin management. Winemaker: Nicole Walsh. Lapis Luna (“Rare Blue Moon”) has been making world-class wines from some of the finest and lesser known California vineyards. Label artwork: Originated with 400 year old copperplate engravings from the early 1600’s published by the poet Herman Hugo. Each Lapis Luna label shows a faceless hero reaching for the moon. Tasting notes: Aromas of black cherry, cocoa, and cassis, along with hints of spice and a touch of oak. The palate presents dark fruit, spice, pepperiness and a touch o fresh tabacco coming through on the long finish.