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2018 Namesake Red

2018 Namesake Red
Fair Play

Tasting Notes

This wine is Mica's testimonial to Cabernet Franc and Merlot, which have sadly become underappreciated varieties in recent years. The quality of these grapes grown on our vineyards in Fair Play is one of his most exciting finds since relocating to the foothills. Namesake is a beautiful marriage of the two varieties, medium bodied and balanced with earth and red fruit notes, juicy and round flavors.

Food Pairing

Cabernet Franc often pairs well with dishes that incorporate fresh herbs, and that is also the case with this wine. Smoked turkey, pork tenderloin, and steak with a coffee rub are some of the meats we would love to pair. Dishes with portobello mushrooms are a good vegetarian option, and this wine will also pair with quiche or Croque-Monsieur. For a cheese pairing pick up our favorite, Barely Buzzed, a cheddar style cheese rubbed with espresso and lavender.

Winemaking Notes

60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Franc and Merlot have long been one of Mica's favorite blends, so we are really pleased to share this inaugural vintage of Namesake here in El Dorado. The Cabernet Franc and Merlot harvests were co-fermented, which we felt confident doing because we know how well these classic Bordeaux varieties complement each other. In truth, the Bordeaux wines of hundreds of years ago were often field blends of varieties harvested and fermented together, before modern planting practices.

The Cabernet Franc in this wine was crushed prior to fermentation, with 10% whole clusters included for a bit of extra structure and aromatic complexity imparted from the grape stems. The Merlot was added as whole berries, which creates more of a fruity profile.


Aged for 22 months in 100% French Oak, of which 80% was new medium and medium plus toast oak.


Silver Medal, Foothill Wine Fest

145 cases produced

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