Martin Woods Cabernet Franc 2018, Walla Walla Valley, Oregon

Martin Woods is hidden in the oak-forested foothills of Oregon’s Coast Range, within the cool-climate McMinnville AVA. The small team at Maratin Woods farms according to sustainable, wholistic principles and the growers they partner with are of the same mindset. Together they are attentive students of the terroir. Their goal is to listen to the voice of the vineyarad, and to get behind it. Above all, they hope the wines evoke an authentic sense-of-place, w hich you can return to again ang again just by pulling a cork. Seven Hills Vineyard is a historic vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley AVA, on the Oregon side of the border. Careful management leads to balanced canopygrowth and moderate yields, with Cabernet Franc clusters having good spacing, airflow and sun exposure. Alternating long summer days (with ample sunlight due to northern latitude, 46 degrees N) and cold nights lead to grapes with a wonderful balance of delicate fruit, acidity and structure. Notes on winemaking: Harvested early morning September14, 2018 at 21.7-23.0 brix, with brown seeds and ripe stems and skins. Opentop 1.5 ton fermenters with 45% whole clusters. Peak temperatures of 80-82F. 24-31 total days on skins. Pressed to tank to settle overnight, then racked off gross lees to barrel. 18-month elevage in 3-5 year old cooperage. Bottled without fining on April 24, 2019. Tasting notes: Our goal for this project is to produce Cabernet Franc that brings to mind the LoireValley classic, transparent aromas – white pepper, herbs and dust – fresh, silky red fruit – balanced structure, lithe and gentle, with with length on the palate – will gain in complexity over many years in the cellar