I simply adore Cabernet Franc, and its nearly endless stylistic variations. In St. Emilion or Pomerol, it is a blending grape that helps out terrifically in cooler vintages. In the Loire Valley's Chinon area, the earlier ripening - for Bordeaux standards- variety struggles to reach full maturity and often gets crafted into some crazy aromatic rose and lighter styled reds. The important key to growing this variety on our Estate along Foxen Canyon Road is that it is a variety that can ripen in cooler vintages...the kind of vintages that we have most years. This wine is unmistakably Cabernet Franc with aromas & flavors that are fruity and savory at the same time. We were able to pick this variety at optimum ripeness, towards the end of the vintage to reveal tart cherry and huckleberry mixed with toasty oak and pencil shavings. The silky tannins and long finish make this serious wine fun to drink.200 cases bottled $30/btl Fan Club $24/btl
This is E11even Wines:
I am so proud to announce the re-launch of E11even
Wines. This is a very personal project
for me. I feel like these wines have
been works-in-progress for a decade or more, only finally jumping from my
imagination and into the bottle just this year.
These new releases rank amongst the smallest production wines that I
have ever released. They are all Estate
Grown and crafted with the utmost care and precision. They truly represent the best that we can do
here, on the Curtis Estate, in the heart of Los Olivos. No expense was spared in the farming or the
crafting of these stunning wines. They
are rich and decadent, yet remarkably balanced, pure, and varietally correct. They speak softly of their variety and their
origins. They shout, “Drink Me!” These wines exemplify the Natural, Locavore
and Farm-To-Bottle movements. They are
grown in Los Olivos, Hand-Crafted in Los Olivos, and sold in Los Olivos by a
family that has been here for over 25 years.
We have decided to dedicate our newly remodeled Downtown Los
Olivos tasting room exclusively to these wines.
Andrew Murray Vineyards Club Members are offered complimentary tastings
in DTLO as a member perk. I urge you to
give them a try, before they are all gone.
While you are there, you can browse our updated collection of books and
bar accessories, including some of my favorite shakers, shrubs, mixes, and
bitters, while listening to vintage vinyl tunes. We look forward to seeing you soon!
We also have an E11even Wine Club in the works. Just 2 shipments or pick ups per year, each
containing 6 bottles. Selections will be
offered in the spring and the fall.
Membership will naturally be limited due to the tiny production of these
wines. Members will have priority access
to our new releases which will soon include a Petite Sirah and a Sparkling
Wine, as well as some other delicious surprises...Stay Tuned!
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