Burch Hall, Cabernet Franc, Sierra Foothills, California 2007
Steve Burch, now the proprietor of Burch Hall winery, is highly regarded throughout the California wine industry. After doing research at Mondovi Woodbridge, after which he was recruited by Flora Springs in St. Helena as an assistant winemaker, Steve gained the experience that allowed him to establish Burch Hall in Nevada County, where he believes the conditions are ideal to make beautiful, long-lasting wines of depth and purity.
California’s Central Coast wine region is defined by its proximity to the ocean. The mountain ranges run east to west, creating natural alleyways allowing the cool ocean fog and breezes to flow into the coastal valleys and their vineyards. This provides a long growing season. In the past 10 years, the Central Coast has grown into a world-class wine region. Growers sell much of their grapes to wineries throughout California, many of which are premium award-winning wines. The grapes from this wine come from Suncrest Vineyards in the Sierra Foothills, owned by Steve and Leslie Schoradt. This particular vineyard lies roughly 1500 ft above sea level.
This is a supple Cabernet Franc with intense aromas of raspberry, tobacco, and cranberry, all complimented by a silky richness of caramelized fruit. Rich, persistent, and balanced, this wine is the ideal Cabernet Franc. It is sun-drenched and truly beautiful.