Isenhower Cellars 2014 Road Less Traveled Cabernet Franc, Yakima Valley, $34
In terms of their carbon footprint, the Isenhowers take a road less traveled than most wineries in the Pacific Northwest with their long list of sustainable approaches in and around their Walla Walla, Wash., winery. For this Cabernet Franc, they relied on clone 214 fruit from Dineen Vineyard with a bit of Olsen Ranch (14%) included. Toasty aromas include black raspberry, chocolate-covered Graham cracker, Weetabix and chalkboard dust. Its approach to the palate features plum and Montmorency cherry skins with tannins that come across as light and sweet, making for a mouth feel that’s tremendous for sipping or pairing with foods.
Production: 340 cases