Seattle winemaker Brian Grasso has released two takes on Cabernet Franc, and he names his entry-level bottling after the architectural term for supporting columns. The entry to the Piloti Cab Franc opens with a remarkably similar profile to his reserve-level release, offering herbaceous notes ranging from fresh dill to red currant, lime and cherry SweeTart candy. Its structure brings fine-grained tannins that assert themselves on the midpalate among flavors of Bing cherry and dark raspberry before running into a juicy Montmorency cherry finish. That bolder approach of tannin should lend itself deliciously to Lamb Shanks during the winter months. Grasso, a former restaurant server, suggests trying Chicken with Cauliflower and Green Olives when the weather warms. Their wines are available at their SODO tasting room and at restaurants such as Barking Frog, Chandler’s John Howie Steak and Purple Cafe & Wine Bar.
Production: 74 cases
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