2016 Cabernet Franc
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In 2016, we sourced our Cabernet Franc grapes from the Horse Heaven Hills, primarily from one block perched high on the crest of a hill overlooking the Columbia River. This block gets a steady onslaught of wind which stunts the vines and keeps the berries very tiny giving them intense color and flavor by the time they are ready to pick. The growing season began earlier than usual, with warmer temperatures lasting through spring and into summer. As we approached harvest, the temperatures cooled and grapes ripened to perfection.
Our 2016 Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Franc is rich and robust with firm tannins and balanced acidity. Fruit-forward notes of plum and Marionberries combine with a soft hint of dried sage. Vanilla, oak and brown spice from time spent in barrels round out the palate and lead into a lingering finish. This Cab Franc pairs well with a variety of foods from burgers to a hearty lasagna with meat sauce.
Wine Spectator, May 2019 - 91 points
"Sleek and refined, offering expressive cherry and blueberry flavors accented by lead pencil and tobacco notes, finishing with well-buffed tannins. Drink now through 2024. 886 cases made." – TF
Jeb Dunnuck, April 2019 - 90 points
"The 2016 Cabernet Franc Horse Heaven Hills (100% varietal) is a deep ruby/purple-tinged effort that has a fruit forward, ripe, sexy style in its blackberry, charcoal, and scorched earth aromas and flavors. It has some chocolate-laced oak (that probably won't integrate), a fleshy, rounded texture, and loads of charm. It should be enjoyed over the coming 6-8 years." - JD
Wine Enthusiast, April 2019 - 90 points
"This offers aromas of dried herb and green pepper, along with nougat, flowers, baking spice, vanilla and cherry. The fullbodied palate brings plump fruit and barrel flavors that are supported by firm tannins." - SS