The Argetsinger Vineyard is a gravelly soil on limestone bedrock, whereas 16 Falls Vineyard is a shale stone vineyard site with significant clay content. 2010 was an exceptionally warm and sunny vintage in the Finger Lakes region, resulting in optimum ripening conditions. The Cabernet Franc grapes were hand-harvested in mid to late October. The additional foliar surface of the lyre trellis system and the exceptional drainage in the Argetsinger Vineyard, combined with the 2010 vintage, gave us a level of ripeness not previously seen in our vineyards.
The grapes for this wine were all hand-harvested and de-stemmed into open top fermenter. After starting as a whole berry fermentation, multiple daily punch-downs and pump-overs were conducted. The grapes were given more than three weeks of skin contact prior to pressing. At pressing, skins were hand-bucketed out to leave behind most of the seeds and sediment and avoid sources of astringency. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrels for improved texture. The barrels used were 75% French Oak and 25% Pennsylvania oak, with 20% new oak overall. Prior to bottling, the wine received a slight egg white fining and filtration.