2016 Cabernet Franc
The moderate winter in E. Washington and early push into the 2016 vintage had an impact on the Cabernet Franc as well. Early bloom and bud break, a cool persistent June and lingering summer temperatures, all played a role.
High quality fruit was harvested mid/late September, and few cellar manipulations were necessary to balance flavors. A yeast combination allowed for a cool slow ferment to showcase bright red fruit characters, spicy clove and nutmeg. Gently pressed off skins, wine was aged in neutral oak barrels for 24 months. Our top 7 barrels were blended to produce this fine wine.
Carmine, maroon, mahogany, this wine is more like those from the Loire Valley than the Yakima Valley. Tobacco leaf, peppercorn and vibrant red fruited complexity aerate from the glass. Herbaceous, spicy hints of roasted peppers mingle with cherries and crushed gravel to create a medium bodied mouthfeel, soft on tannins with balanced acidity. Give a few vigorous swirls in the glass before pairing with food.
Red Willow Vineyard (54%), Slide Mountain Vineyard (46%)
Cabernet Franc (94%), Merlot (4%), Cabernet Sauvignon (2%)