The blending philosophy of this wine, and of this line of wines in general, is simply to make the best varietal-blend possible; a wine that pleases both a general palette and the palette of a more specified taster. The percentage of Cabernet Franc (80%) in this wine lends (by default) an intrinsically varietal base to the sensory experience. From this point of reference Syrah (12%), Merlot (6%), and Zinfandel (2%) each help to enhance the Cabernet Francs varietal qualities in this wine, while also playfully departing from them by the pull of each their own individual profile. As it works in the winemakers mind, in relation to one another the Syrah and Merlot and Zinfandel add a specific complexity of aromatic and flavor components that have only made this wine better: to be enjoyed more by more people. Many blending trials were had in this process. This blend we decided on is meant to highlight a value of California fruit and ripeness of flavor while maintaining a balance of traditionally earthbound structure from origin through end. This wine is meant to finish long and dry, characteristically drawing to close a generous, rich, approach and lush, viscous, evolution. This is a Cabernet Franc that defers the object of itself as Cabernet Franc. After all, it is not just a Cabernet Franc.