Arbor Crest Wine Cellars 2010 Conner Lee Vineyard Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $18

By on May 27, 2013

Washington wineCabernet Franc is a grape with noble roots but does not necessarily enjoy the reputation of Cabernet Sauvignon. Cab Franc actually is the progenitor of Cab Sauv (with Sauvignon Blanc), and famed Chateau Cheval Blanc is made primarily from Cab Franc. In the past decade, Cab Franc has enjoyed an increase in awareness and enjoyment in Washington, where it grows quite well and can produce classically styled reds. This example from a top Spokane winery comes from Conner Lee, a vineyard in the Columbia Basin. It opens with aromas of oregano, tobacco leaf, sage and vanilla, followed by flavors of black cherry, spicy oak and vanilla. It’s all backed with moderate tannins that give way to round, smooth flavors.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 412 cases

Alcohol: 13.8%


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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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