Delicious wines from Washington’s versatile Yakima Valley

By on April 12, 2015

French Creek Vineyards 2012 Block 10 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley, $34


French Creek Vineyards 2012 Estate Block 10 Cabernet Sauvignon labelWith vineyard manager Damon LaLonde on the bass and Walla Walla winemaker Trey Busch on the lead for this wine, it’s no surprise that this new label hits a high note. And considering their backgrounds in the industry, this tandem will be no one-hit wonder. French Creek is a fascinating 20-year-old vineyard above the Yakima River east of Prosser, Wash., and this Cab already takes on the look of a classic, starting with a dense nose of chalkboard dust, dark plum, black cherry, coffee, baking spices and a pinch of herbs. There’s supreme balance with flavors of Bing cherry and Marionberry, backed by delicious blueberry acidity with cherry-skin tannins. In the background are notes of cigar box, allspice and roasted coffee, making it complex while exhibiting finesse. It’s a tiny lot, and the best shot at buying comes via Seattle-based

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 45 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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  1. Paul Cockrell says:

    Obviously there is a typo. How many cases does Palencia produce?

    • Andy Perdue says:


      For his day job at J&S Crushing/Columbia River’s Edge Winery in Mattawa, Wash., Victor Palencia oversees more than 1 million cases in wine production. For Palencia Winery, he makes about 3,000 cases total.

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