It’s a bit unusual to craft a Port-style wine from Cabernet Franc, but Bill Ammons pulls it off for this Italian-themed sister project of Silver Lake Winery in Woodinville, Wash. The fruit comes from Roza Hills and makes for a distinctive nose of raspberry and raspberry leaf, dried cherry, blueberry, Western serviceberry and hint of dolmas. It’s a smooth drink of rich cocoa, creamy blueberry and Chukar Cherry. There’s balance of both alcohol and tannin, and it finishes at 10% residual sugar with notes of Raisinets and a pinch of leaf. Suggested pairings include bubbling cherry pie.
Production: 205 cases