Cabernet Franc is No. 3 in importance amid red Bordeaux varieties, both in Washington and its native France, and we continue to see more consumer interest in the grape as greater versions are made. This vineyard-designated version from Jarrod Boyle uses estate grapes from the Horse Heaven Hills. It opens with aromas of dry Royal cherry, muscovado sugar, chocolate and a touch of herbaciousness. On the palate, it reveals flavors of dark purple fruit, a touch of oak and a sprinkle of cocoa. It’s all backed with solid tannins. Drink it soon with a grilled steak, veggie lasagna or mushroom and black olive pizza.
Production: 117 cases