Spann Vineyards

2016 'Six Barrels' Cabernet Franc

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Winemaker Notes: Cabernet Franc can be described as being like Cabernet Sauvignon but significantly less tannic, with more of a floral aroma, more mid-palate richness, slightly less color and not quite as heavy. Cabernet Franc is traditionally blended with Cabernet Sauvignon to add marvelous aromatics, a richer mid-palate, and give it "smoother edges" by reducing tannins. It also makes a beautiful, complex wine by itself, which is perfectly expressed in this limited bottling. Petit Verdot was added to enhance the color (a Bordeaux tradition as well) as the Cabernet Franc from this vintage resulted in a lighter color than normal. This wine is enjoyable now and will continue to grow in complexity for at least 9 years after the vintage date. Try this with pork, lighter red meat preparations, game birds or pasta with red sauces.
~Betsy Spann
Appearance medium garnet with ruby flecks
Aromas cherry compote, cinnamon stick, dried herbs, barnyard
Palate rhubarb pie, white pepper, Earl Grey tea, silky tannin
Food Pairing Suggestions
Pair this Cabernet Franc with pork, lighter red meat preparations, game birds or pasta with red sauces.

91% Cabernet Franc, 9% Petit Verdot


Shenandoah Valley, Amador County, CA

137 cases
Aging Potential
Enjoy now or cellar through 2025
Winemaker Notes

– Fermented in open top bins, hand punched down. Full malolactic fermentation was completed in 59 gallon oak barrels.

– Aged for 30 months in 5% new and 95% seasoned French oak barrels, then in bottle for 6 months prior to release.

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Betsy Spann

About the Winemaker:

Betsy’s love of wine was fostered by a move to Bordeaux with her family in 1975 where she explored the wines and cheeses of southwestern France.  After returning to California to attend college she went to work in a small wine shop where her interest grew and she opened her own boutique wine store. She then sold the shop and moved to Dry Creek Valley where she helped with the startup of Lake Sonoma Winery, working both in the vineyards and in wine production.

Betsy’s continued interest in European wines led her to Dallas, Texas to join the fine wine team of a large importing company.  This is where she met Peter, who charmed her with a keen sense of wine and an amazing wine cellar.  They fell in love, and married on one condition: that they would ultimately move back to her beloved California.  When they moved they decided to buy a vineyard and sell the grapes but when it came time to do so they decided to take the plunge and make their own wines instead.

Their experience with the wines of great producers around the world over the past 40 years has been invaluable. Peter and Betsy take the best ideas and techniques they’ve learned from European and California winemakers and apply them to their own wines.

They strive to create food-friendly, unique wines that are memorable and blend seamlessly into the occasion. Memorable in their purity, authenticity, distinctiveness, and enjoyment, seamless in how they integrate into the setting, whether it be with friends on the patio or accompanying a formal dinner. Whatever the time or place, Spann Vineyards will linger pleasurably on your palate and in your memory.



About the Winery
Spann Vineyards
Nestled among the majestic coastal redwoods of the Mayacamas Mountains, the steeply terraced mountainside vineyard yields small amounts of richly flavored Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Sangiovese grapes. From this and select cool-climate vineyards throughout Sonoma County, Betsy and Peter Spann craft very limited quantities of European-style blended wines, strongly influenced by their admiration of Bordeaux, the Rhone Valley and Tuscany.
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