2017 Reserve Cabernet Franc

The Reserve Cabernet Franc was crafted from several vineyard sites in Washington State, with the Cabernet Franc coming specifically from Blue Mountain in Walla Walla Valley, Bacchus in Columbia Valley, and Angela’s in the Red Mountain AVA. Each vineyard is fully sustainable, using only organic farming methods, and the vines are limited to one or two clusters per shoot to maximize concentration in each berry cluster. The grapes were hand-harvested early in the morning between September 8 – November 1, 2017. Upon arriving in the winery, each lot was hand-sorted, de-stemmed and fermented in 56% stainless steel and 44% concrete tanks. The wine was cellared for 29 months in 73% new French oak and evaluated over 40 times by our winemaking team and blended together on August 15, 2019 with only 16 barrels used in creating the 2017 Reserve Cabernet Franc.

Bottle: $80

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"Scheduled to be bottled by the time you read this review, the 2017 Cabernet Franc Reserve is based on 85% Cabernet Franc, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Merlot. Deep purple/ruby-colored, with classy Cabernet Franc notes of red and black fruits, lead pencil, exotic flowers, and forest floor. This spicy, complex, seamless 2017 has terrific balance, medium to full body, and a great finish."

92-94 points - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com

Tasting Notes

Seductive notes of brambly red fruits, black currants, plum skin, graphite and sweet but smoky baking spices. Swirling adds fresh plum puree, bloomed spices and dried herbs. The palate has squeezed black fruits, spice and a lifted floral note. Terrifically polished with fine accessible tannins and youthful drive. It has good length now but would benefit from a short decant or some bottle age.

Wine Facts

Labeled Appellation:

Columbia Valley

Vineyard(s):

Bacchus, Canyons, Dionysus, Stillwater Creek, Lawrence Solaksen, Lawrence Scarline, Angela’s, Red Mountain Vineyard, Quintessence, Shaw, Hedges Family Estate, Blue Mountain

Varietal Composition:

85% Cabernet Franc, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Merlot

Vinification:

Fermented in 56% stainless steel and 44% concrete tanks. Aged for 29 months in 73% new French oak barrels.

Alcohol:

13.9%

Cases Produced:

391

Drinkability:

Now-2033

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