Cabernet Franc rising in the Northwest

By on December 17, 2017

Armstrong Family Winery 2014 Dineen Vineyard Fronk Cabernet Franc, Yakima Valley, $32

Pat Dineen and the Rawn brothers farm these 87 acres in the Rattlesnake Hills for more than 30 wineries in Washington state, and their Cabernet Franc is a particular favorite of Jennifer Armstrong. Her husband, Tim, allows for the Bordeaux grape’s charming dried herbs to peek out behind the aromas of Marionberry pie, cinnamon toast and charcuterie. Inside, mouthfilling dark cherries, blackberry and juicy red currant flavors pick up blueberry skin tannins, a scrape of toast and a nibble of celery seed in the finish. The Armstrongs enjoy it with pork tenderloin, burgers and other barbecue fare, and their wines are available at their tasting rooms in Woodinville and now Walla Walla.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 143 cases

Alcohol: 14.9%

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