2011 F6F Hellcat (50% Cabernet Franc, 50% Merlot)

Tasting Notes

This wine pours a rich garnet color and offers up a tantalizing nose of juicy plums, luscious blackberries, and candied violets.  In the mouth, one is greeted by fresh berry jam, cranberries, chanterelles, and a hint of cardamom.  The lovely finish lingers…


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.