The 2017 Cuvée de Cantegral Reserve is our first ever release of a reserve Cabernet Franc, as it became apparent during the vinification of this wine that these barrels deserved to be bottled separately. With only 99 cases made, this wine is a phenomenal expression of the varietal. It is 100% Cabernet Franc from Newsom Vineyards in the Texas High Plains and presents with lovely hints of cassis, toasted cedar, and savory spices on the nose. The color is a dark rouge with soft tinges of auburn around the rim. The lush palate begins with notes of baking spices and cranberry jam, then shifts to kola on the mid-palate. It finishes with firm, yet balanced tannins and has a beautiful depth of mouthfeel from being aged 32 months in 100% new French oak. It is a strong example of the 2017 vintage – powerful yet perfectly balanced!