Smasne Cellars 2012 Upland Vineyard Cabernet Franc, Snipes Mountain, $44
Nobody makes more wines from Snipes Mountain, an upthrust in the middle of the Yakima Valley near the community of Sunnyside, than Robert Smasne. And Upland Vineyard is one of the historic plantings in Washington wine country, with a legacy that stretches back to 1917. This elegant yet powerful Cabernet Franc opens with aromas of dried herbs, black licorice and black currant. On the palate, it opens with flavors of dark cherry that gives way to notes of pipe tobacco and boysenberry. Firm yet pliable tannins provide all the structure to pair with braised meats or to cellar for up to a decade. This earned a double gold medal at the 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition.
Production: 75 cases
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