Historians view Southern Oregon’s Applegate Valley as home of the state’s first commercial winery, founded by Swiss-born Peter Britt in 1873. Not long after Britt died, a native of the French Alps — Joseph Ginet — began making wine on an orchard near Jacksonville. His grandson, Joe, now operates a ranch and winery along Sterling Creek, and he shows skill with this lesser-known Bordeaux variety. Its dark and intense nose of molasses, blackberry, plum and sweet cherry comes with sweet herbs and spices. There’s a pleasing texture to the plush tannins and great balance to the drink of luscious cherries and currants. The lingering finish of mocha, chai spices and herbs should appeal especially to fans of Cabernet Franc. The Ginets make their wines available at the ranch as well as restaurants and wine shops from Eugene to Ashland.
Production: 250 cases