All wines stored at 55° and 70% humidity
The 2019 Ungilded is 100% Cabernet Franc from the Kimmel Vineyard inspired by the wines of Domaine Clos Rougeard, all destemmed fermented without additives or temperature control, first in an open-top dairy tank giving a greater cap to juice ratio similar to the fermentation of the original Williams Selyem wines then in puncheon. The unadulterated fermentation gives a pure expression of Cabernet Franc given the name Ungilded. The nervy nature of the Cabernet Franc is softened by the natural fermentation process giving way to a lacey texture with classic Cabernet Franc floral aromatics.
The wines all go through elevage under the guiding hand of Sashi Moorman and his thoughtful team John Faulkner and Tim Fimpler.
Kimmel Ranch is located in the far reaches of Mendocino in western Potter Valley at the inception of the Mayacama mountain range. Located at 1000 feet of elevation, the sprawling mountain range gives way to afternoon coastal breezes allowing for cool afternoons after warm summer days.
The Cabernet Franc vines were planted in 1980 on Franciscan shale with Saint George rootstock in a California sprawl configuration. Edward and Lilian Kimmel had the foresight to settle in the far reaches of the California wine region and plant vines where few vines were planted at the time.
Kimmel wines were born with the intention to honor low interventionist winemaking, allowing the land and each vintage to be the guiding light. Lilied began as an idea from Sashi Moorman to produce a soulful, rustic blend of equal parts Syrah and Cabernet Franc similar in style to wines by iconoclast Provencal producer, Domaine Trevallon.
|Grape Variety||Cabernet Franc|