Spicy Vines

2018 Cabernet Franc Pine Mountain – Cloverdale Peak AVA, Sonoma County, CA

2 in stock


2 in stock

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

Juicy flavors of black currant, mulberry and blackberry meld softly together with creamy vanilla nuances, pepper and an earthy spice.

Cellar Angels Tasting Notes:

Appearance deep ruby-purple
Aromas blueberry, plum, blackberry, lavender, dried sage and rosemary, cigar box, sweet tobacco, black pepper
Palate blackberry pie, black currant, soft vanilla, hints of spice, fine grained tannins, bold finish

100% Cabernet Franc

168 cases
Aging Potential
10-15 years
Pine Mountain Vineyards
About The Vineyard

vineyard in pine mountain

This Cabernet Franc hails from the “Patio Block” of Pine Mountain Vineyards, a vineyard located at 2,400 feet on the upper western flank of Pine Mountain. The high elevation farming of this vineyard reliably delivers fruit of intense color and flavor. This unique microclimate delivers cooler daytime and warmer nighttime temperatures than in the valley, longer sunlight hours and cooling oceanic breezes, all ideal conditions for a Cabernet Franc of great character.

Winemaker Notes

Barrel Aging: Aged for 22 months in French Oak barrels, 20% new.

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Spicy Vines Healdsburg winemaker

About the Winemaker: Doug Hackett

Doug has always been known for producing small lot artisan wines. He prides himself on shepherding his grapes though the winemaking process, never controlling them, yet always allowing them to develop into the best wines that they can be. His minimalist approach to winemaking continues to deliver pure and balanced wines that are honest expressions of their soil, climate and character.

If you have the opportunity to taste one of Doug’s beautiful wines, you will understand that he is a master at his craft, an artist, and perhaps he may even have a dusting of magic in there somewhere.

His passion for wine and life is infectious to all who cross his path and taste his wines. Fueled by an endless supply of creative energy, which, if you ask him, “flows from within.” Doug’s zest for life, fun attitude and extensive knowledge of the wine industry has made him the rockstar winemaker that he is.

With over 24 years of winemaking experience and more than 200 medals and 90+ point ratings in counting, it is clear that winemaking is as much of an art as it is a lifestyle for Doug.

Doug attributes much of his winemaking knowledge to his friend and teacher, Fred Nickel aka “Master Fred”, former winemaker for Brutocao Cellars and Jackson Keys Winery. Doug has received his winemaking certificate at UC Davis and was the co-founder and winemaker of his own boutique brand, Dogwood Cellars for twelve years prior to coming aboard Spicy Vines.

About the Winery
Spicy Vines
From humble roots, the winery was founded in 2011 by female entrepreneur, Crystalyn Hoffman with a vision to create a distinctively fresh winery with a spirit of fun. Three years into her journey, Crystalyn met Doug Hackett, now partner, husband and winemaker extraordinaire of Spicy Vines.
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