The 2017 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 barrique then in puncheon — was crucial to resolve the firm tannins into silky, fine-grain tannins that dance on the mid-palate. 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 2019 Ungilded slightly differs from the 2017 in its unique and rare unique making process, destemmed fermented 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. It still holds true to the name Ungilded, a pure Cabernet Franc, proudly all grapes are from the Kimmel land. Like it’s predecessor 2017, the 2019 Ungilded is also lacey in texture and will express classic floral aromatics.
The wines all go through elevage under the guiding hand of Sashi Moorman and his thoughtful team John Faulkner and Tim Fimpler.