The Frannes Estate
- The Frannes estate sits on one of the most storied pieces of land in Valle de Guadalupe. Originally planted in 1937, not only is it one of the oldest in valley, but, because it is located near one of the valley's terminuses, it has a unique canyon-like micro-climate. Fresh breezes descending from the steep valley walls, and first access to the water entering the valley from the north are two of the defining characteristics of this vineyard site whose well-worn soils have a long memory of vineyards. Naturally filtered water that works its way through many miles of sandstone and granite before arriving at the aquifer that lies below the vineyard is proclaimed by the wine maker Ernesto to be the source of the silky tannins that are elegantly folded into their wines. The overall balance is what is most striking about these wines, which offer a dimension of complexity rarely seen.
- All grapes are estate grown from organically farmed old vineyards of the prestigious original Camou estate.
- This is the first and only estate in the valley to be working in collaboration with the well-known consultant Michel Rolland from France.
Total production: 62 acres under vine, 9 wines, 5,000 cases
2017 Pater (MAGNUM) - Viña de Frannes
Tasting Notes and Drinking Window:
Pater, which is Latin for 'father', is the premium wine from the Frannes estate, and most certainly one of the premium wines from Mexico in general. A blend of equal parts Cabernet Franc and Merlot that is a hand picked selection from a small parcel of a individual vineyard site known to yield the best grapes, this wine represents the absolute best the region has to offer. Some people believe that proper managment of tannin is the hallmark of a great wine at this level and by this measure Rolland and Camou have scored a perfect 100. Rich and elegant with layers of complexity on the nose and palate that assure you'll be glad that this year they made the in-house change to havethis wine availible ONLY in magnum format.
800 bottles made
Drinking window: Upon release -15 years
50% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Franc
Viña de Frannes
Don Ernesto Alvarez Morphy - Mexican
Valle de Guadalupe, ejido de Francisco Zarco - Estate vineyards are located in a tight fold at the end of the valley near one of its terminuses, approximately 10 miles from the Pacific at an elevation of 1,000 ft. Soils are a sandy clay marl.Pater comes from a select section of the vineyards known to produce the highest quality fruit.
Fermented in new French oak barrels for 10 days and then racked into 1st use French oak barrels and aged for 18 months.
Sulfites: 28 ppm