Halcyon Cabernet Franc is the "anti-Napa" Cabernet Franc. It is light in color, almost a dark rosé, and it bright and fresh in flavor.
Halcyon is a passion project of Tyler and Kim Elwell. Tyler worked his way up through, starting as a cellar rat in Santa Barbara and eventually becoming the Assistant Winemaker at the renowned Tablas Creek. Tyler currently works for Jackson Family Wines as a brand manager for some of Napa Valley’s most iconic brands. Kim works on the marketing and PR side of things, and is the Account Director for The James Collective, a boutique PR and marketing agency based in wine country and New York City. As their passion project, Halcyon is a winery that works exclusively with the noble Cabernet Franc.
"This is not your Uncle Jacques’s Cabernet Franc.
From the sandy lands of Contra Costa County, we picked the grapes in early September. The wine is light in color, as the grapes were picked on taste and sugar/acid balance, not the darkness of the grapes. All berries were foot stomped with 25% of them left as whole cluster. You can’t miss the green edge in the wine, aromatically pepper pops out of the glass, followed by cherry. The wine fermented with native yeasts and completed malolactic fermentation naturally in all neutral barrels. The barrels were racked once and the wine was not fined, nor filtered. We bottled 10 months after harvest to capture the freshness and unique nature of this truly creative expression of Cabernet Franc." -- The Elwells