Dogwood & Thistle Cabernet Franc, Shenandoah 2022

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Dogwood & Thistle is a passion project which allows us to work with small lots of fruit and make the wines that we love to drink and dream of sharing.

With the dogwood being the state flower of Virginia (where Erin was born and raised), and the thistle being the flower of Scotland (where much of Sandy's family is from), the name represents our personal and professional backgrounds coming together to build a life that we love.

Vineyard notes: The grapes were sourced from a block of Cabernet Franc grown near Verona, Shenandoah Valley, Virginia.

Winemaking techniques: The fruit was picked and delivered to the winery early in the morning, kept in cold storage overnight, and then crushed. The fruit was de-stemmed into tank and cold soaked for three days prior to inoculation for malolactic fermentation. Cap management was gentle with a couple of punch downs a day to allow for moderate extraction. At the end of the time the skins were pressed, and the wine barreled down to 100% neutral American oak barrels to give the fruit just a little oaky lift. It then went through malolactic fermentation in barrel and stayed there for ten months before bottling.

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