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The 2018 Home Ranch Cabernet Franc will be available soon!
Our Cabernet Franc was grown on the J. Lohr Home Ranch in the warmer Region III Estrella District of Paso Robles. The block was planted in 2007 in an east-west row orientation with clone 327 Franc grafted to low-vigor 420A rootstock. Our farming plan includes removing leaves from the fruit zone on the north side of the vines in June, and reducing the crop to one cluster per shoot in late July. This practice assures small, concentrated berries that lead to a luxurious level of flavor and color intensity in the wine. Aged 19 months in French oak Bordeaux barrels, 40% being new wood. Final blend: 89% Cabernet Franc, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot. Director of Winemaking Steve Peck’s notes: “This second release of our J. Lohr Home Ranch Cabernet Franc showcases fruit from the vineyard surrounding our Paso Robles Wine Center. Concentrated ripe black plum and fresh red fruit jump from the glass. The palate is supple with a structured finish with savory undertones. Should prove a perfect match to grilled lamb or a roasted beet salad.”