2011 F7U Cutlass (50% Cabernet Franc, 50% Syrah) - Silver Medal, SF Chronicle Wine Competition
This F-7U is a deep garnet in the glass, leading to a nose of blueberries, cardamom powder, and the woodsy forest floor. Blueberries, raspberries, wild mushrooms, and a hint of cardamom dance across the palate, continuing into a fine finish.
15 inches of rain in November and December 2010 gave the vines a good post-harvest soaking. Another 20 inches in January to March repeated last year’s assurance there would be plenty of water in the soil. The inch plus in April and May posed potential hazard to cluster development, but was not a problem. In total, the vines received just over 30 inches of rain, slightly above average. The growing season that followed – spring temperatures slightly above average, a cooler summer and a mild fall - gave the grapes a wonderful growing season.