Release Date

Fall 2024

Vineyard Location

Lake County – Big Valley, California

Varietal Composition


72% Cabernet Franc 28% Merlot

Alcohol = 15.0%

pH = 3.85

TA = 5.2 g/L

Winemakers Notes

Our 2022 Début is a Cabernet Franc dominant red wine that has

been blended to highlight the best of two Bordeaux varietals and

showcases the rich elegance of two signature Northern California


The Cabernet Franc grapes were chosen from the Steele Vineyard,

while the Merlot that was blended was grown in the Hanson Ridge

Vineyard north of Napa in Lake County. Each of these vineyards is

expertly farmed using sustainable farming practices.

The grapes were fermented separately in small lots at cool

temperatures. This cooler method creates a longer fermentation

that accentuates the fruit flavors while adding complexity. To avoid

extraction of harsh tannins, no pumps were used until after the

wine was pressed off the skins. The bins were hand-punched daily

and gently stirred.

Harvest Date: 9/28/2022 Cabernet Franc, the Merlot 10/12/2022

Cases produced: 168

Bottled May 15th, 2024

Tasting Notes

This 2022 Debut from Wandering Cellars is a bold and vibrant wine

that beautifully melds the red fruit, herbal, and spice aromas. The

palate is greeted with dark cherries, cocoa, and a hint of red apple

peel, leading to a wine that is broad, mouth-filling, and elegantly

structured. Silky tannins provide a refined texture, while the wine

maintains focus from the initial sip to its long, lingering finish. With

a perfect balance of freshness and acidity, this wine promises to

age gracefully over the next decade, through it can be thoroughly

enjoyed now. For the best experience, we recommend decanting

before serving.

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