Owen Roe 2014 Rosa Mystica Cabernet Franc, Yakima Valley, $28
Behind most Owen Roe wines is a fascinating story shared by Yakima Valley grower/winemaker David O’Reilly. In this case, there are two historical references, starting with Drumlane Abbey on the label. The O’Reilly clan controlled land near the abbey in the 17th century until the Irish Rebellion of 1641. And sadly, Owen Roe O’Neill died at the abbey in 1649 while battling Cromwell’s invasion forces. Rosa Mystica is a reference to the Virgin Mary, and this Cabernet Franc by O’Reilly is heavenly, starting with aromas of boysenberry jam, sugared plum, chocolate and black licorice. On the palate, it’s reminiscent of black cherry and black currants with fine-grained blackberry seed tannins that don’t get in the way of its fruit-forward approach and beautifully long finish. This won a unanimous double gold medal and best Cabernet Franc at last fall’s Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition.
Production: 830 cases