Spangler Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Franc, Southern Oregon, $26

By on November 10, 2013

spangler-vineyards-cabernet-franc-2010-labelThis 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.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 288 cases

Alcohol: 13.7%

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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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