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Le Petit Caporal 2016

Le Petit Caporal in 2016 is 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 33% Cabernet Franc. All the grapes come from the stellar Argetsinger Vineyard and its adjoining Glen Eldridge vineyard, sloping steeply into the eastern shores of Seneca Lake. The wine is a true Bordeaux blend, paying homage to the original cool-climate region in France where these grapes are grown and blended to make classic Bordeaux wines.

From the very ripe 2016 vintage, this wine is drinking well right now but will age gracefully for a long time. With an even blend of all three varieties, each adds to the character of the wine with abundant fruit, serious tannins and a long, layered finish.

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SKU: B-RAV-08220-16
Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Meritage Blend
Appellation
Finger Lakes AVA
Alcohol %
12.5
Wine Advocate
92
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
“The 2016 Le Petit Caporal is a blend of 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Cabernet Franc and 27% Merlot, all aged for 16 months in an 80/20 mixture of French and American oak (in well-used oak for nine months, and then in neutral oak for seven more—giving a somewhat different slant to that 200% oak trope we sometimes hear). It comes in at 13.2% alcohol. This is meant as a tribute to grower Sam Argetsinger. It is from the Hoffman Vineyard, a steep slope and a terraced vineyard. Wow. This might be the best red I've had from Ravines. It's certainly a contender. This is only the second vintage here, and it fortuitously comes in the warmer 2016 vintage, which seems to be a nice choice for reds in particular. This is beautifully focused, tightly wound, intense and sporting a real backbone. The depth is more than reasonable for a cool climate—not that it will remind anyone of Napa, but that's not the point. Take this on its terms. It has finesse yet density, power yet elegance. It tastes great and should age brilliantly. Nowhere near ready, this could use a few years in the cellar. It might age for 20 years.” 92 points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate; Mark Squires, 6/28/19
Vineyard Notes
The Argetsinger Vineyard is located on the Southeast side of Seneca Lake below the village of Burdett. The Cabernet Franc block is on the lowest portion of the vineyard with a higher clay content, which favors this variety. The vines utilize the Verticle Shoot Positioning trellis system. The Glen Eldridge Vineyard is located below the Argetsinger Vineyard. It is a very steep, terraced vineyard located on what is perhaps the best protected vineyard site in the entire Finger Lakes region.
Production
The grapes were fully destemmed and crushed on their way to the open-top fermenters. After gradually warming for 5-6 days, the fermentation started. The grapes were punched down several times daily with multiple pump-overs primarily during the early and middle parts of the fermentation. After three weeks of skin contact, the fermenters were drained and the skins bucketed out by hand to the press. The free run and gentle press fractions were combined in stainless steel tanks for several days prior to transfer to barrels. The components were aged in 80% French oak and 20% American oak with a five year rotation (20% new oak) until early September. At this time, the components were blended and transferred to neutral oak barrels for an additional six months of barrel aging. The wine saw very loose filtration on its way to the bottling line.