Michael David Winery Inkblot Cabernet Franc 2012
Black cherry on the mid-palate, and a bit of graphite on the finish with a touch of vanilla. It shows complex aromas of freshly crushed fruit (blackberry and plum), pepper and tobacco. Velvet-smooth tannins, dense and rich, this elixir fills every corner of the mouth with its decadence.
100% Cabernet Franc. The Phillips family has been farming since Andrew Harshner and his wife Lucille homesteaded 160 acres near the town of Lodi, following the Civil War in the 1860s. Originally devoted to vegetables, the Phillips' farm evolved to include many different fruits, including 15 different wine varietals that were shipped throughout the country during Prohibition with instructions on "how not to have the grapes turn into wine." These days, Michael and David Phillips represent the fifth generation of growers in Lodi with their 650 acres of premium wine grapes. The first Lodi Cabernet Franc ever produced by Michael David Winery and one of the few produced from Lodi, this varietal originated from the Bordeaux and Loire Valley regions of France and has been grown with success in many other countries. Grapes for this wine come from a more-than-25-year-old, 9-acre vineyard located on the west side of Lodi, no more than a stone's throw away from the winery.