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2017 Praefectus

2017 Praefectus

Varietals: 75% Cabernet Franc, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon 

Vineyards: Cabernet Franc from Jamieson Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon from Irish Vineyard hoophouses 

ABV: 13.4%

Flavor Notes: A wonderful example of a fuller bodied dry Michigan red wine, Praefectus features both Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, creating a bordeaux style blend. Winemaker Sean O’Keefe selected distinctive Jamieson Vineyard Cabernet Franc barrels exhibiting a ripe robust structure to balance the more aggressive tannins from the Cabernet Sauvignon. Meanwhile, a softer approach was taken with the single varietal 2017 Cabernet Franc. Newer French oak barrels provided additional tannins as well as chocolate and vanilla flavor, balancing the rich berry and currant essence of the Cabernet Franc. 

Pairings:  A great choice for steaks and heavier meat dishes. Also pairs well with bitter dark chocolates.

Vinification: The grapes were picked at the end of the season when Sean felt they were ready—the end of October 2017 for the Cabernet Franc and the beginning of November for the Cabernet Sauvignon. Both varietals were destemmed, and the larger portion of berries were left whole—allowing for tannic softening and preservation of fruity flavor during fermentation. Fermentation occurred in stainless tanks with pumpovers for 12-14 days on the skin before the wine was racked into oak barrels on its gross lees. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc were both aged in demi-muids, with some Cabernet Franc also aged in barriques. Some of the barrels were newer and provided chocolate notes to balance the Cabernet Franc’s fruit forward nature. After ageing for 10 months the wine was racked once more and very lightly filtered before bottling (expect some sediment to appear over time).

Suggested Cellaring: A wonderful wine to age but quite drinkable now. Will be ideal around 2022-2025. Try opening a bottle and letting it evolve over a week as a sneak preview for how this wine will age.

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SKU: 2017pf
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bill's Gravatar
(Jul 15, 2019 at 10:53 AM)
As far as Michigan Red's go, this one is by far the best.

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