This grape requires more hangtime than most of its Bordeaux siblings, but that’s typically not a problem in Southern Oregon. Roseburg winemaker Patrick Spangler took this lot on Oct. 24 to produced a low-alcohol, food-friendly Cab Franc that “Francophiles” should embrace. Sweet herbal aromas pick up notes of cherry, cranberry, blueberry and chocolate. Inside comes a big entry of dusty cherries with hints of elderberry and ripe blueberry. There’s good richness and tamed tannins with a sprinkling of crushed herbs all the way through. Enjoy with meatloaf or London Broil marinated with thyme.
Production: 288 cases