Starting in 2006, the Lowden, Wash., schoolhouse began taking a portion of its Cabernet Franc from Block 8 and bottling it for wine club members. Those who relish the herbaceous qualities of many Cab Francs won’t find it here. Instead, there’s a fistful of purple fruit and a pinch of black pepper both in the nose and the palate. Those President plum and blueberry flavors pack plenty of the food-friendly acidity running just behind the tannin structure. Try serving with Bobby Flay’s Molasses Glazed Pork Roast with Black Pepper Dumplings.
Production: 220 cases