Bonair Winery 2012 Chateau Puryear Vineyard Cabernet Franc, Rattlesnake Hills, $15

By on January 6, 2016

bonair-winery-chateau-puryear-vineyard-cabernet-franc-2012-bottleBest Buy! Massachusetts native Bill Mechem got his start at Gail and Shirley Puryear’s winery as a cellar worker before moving to Walla Walla in 2003 for winemaking school. Two years later, he returned to Bonair as a winemaker, and this expression of estate Cabernet Franc shows a deft hand in the cellar. Charming barrel notes of chocolate allow for cassis, ripe blueberry and dark plum as well as a rub of sage in the background. The palate shows elegance with black currant, black cherry and black licorice. Sandy tannins lead to a complex finish of cherry, chocolate, dried sage and pipe tobacco. The Puryears enjoy pairing their Cab Franc with chicken or pork.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 384 cases

Alcohol: 13.9%

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