As we begin to redevelop Sundial Vineyard, the first vines are being planted by hand this week. It’s surprisingly fast work: it takes only five hours to plant and stake one thousand vines. The first block being planted is Cabernet Franc.
It will be three years until this block’s first, small crop. And 10-15 years until the quality is consistent vintage-to-vintage. Patience is required, but the wait will be worth it. There’s a lot to love about Cabernet Franc on the Black Sage Bench.