William Church Winery 2014 Diane’s Vintage Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $36

By on July 14, 2017

Dineen Vineyard from Diane’s vintage earns all of the spotlight under the watch of winemaker Noah Fox Reed in this unblended Cabernet Franc offering, a wine that the Balsleys have enjoyed success with as its Tres Bien bottling. The harvest of Oct. 4 from this stellar planting in the Rattlesnake Hills above the Yakima Valley leads to aromas and flavors of bright cherry, baked blackberry pie and chocolate include a pinch of tomato leaf, black currant skin and slice of green olive as the diminished influence of new French oak compared with previous vintages (46% to 30%) allows the fruit and herbaceousness to work in harmony.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 238 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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