2019 Gist Ranch Estate Cabernet Franc
The vineyard was densely planted in the year 2000 at elevations reaching 2300 feet above sea level, 17 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. The heavily fractured, vaqueros sandstone soils and unique mountain micro-climate produce singular, deeply concentrated wines that demonstrate the power and elegance of the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation.
The 2019 vintage will go down as a classic year in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Unsettled weather in the spring resulted in poor flowering, and lower yields in some blocks. The summer was warm, but not oppressive. The lack of extreme heat events was a welcome change. Harvest began in mid-September, finishing up in mid to late October. The wines are concentrated with a fine balance of structure and fruit intensity. Site expression seems amplified; low yields and moderate temperatures often lead to some of our most singular and terroir driven wines.
Santa Cruz Mountains
Gist Ranch Estate
The 2019 Cabernet Franc Gist Ranch Estate is super-expressive right out of the gate. It offers tons of varietal aromatic intensity and energy, with plenty of structure to back it all up. Bright acids lift a core of sweet red cherry fruit, blood orange, cinnamon and crushed rocks. This is beautifully done. - 93 points. Antonio Galloni, Vinous