Kevin Brown’s collection of estate vineyards include a site in The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater, an Oregon planting that he shares ownership with Betz Family Winery. These four barrels provide a fascinating look at what Cab Franc offers when grown in cobblestones a la Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Brown leaves the funk buried in the background, showcasing instead a classically herbal and savory example of Cab Franc that’s refined on the palate with boysenberry, red currants and lithe tannins. That drinkability lends itself to crostini topped with a creamy goat cheese and sweet fig compote. Award: Great Northwest Invitational (double gold).
Rating: Double Platinum, 96 points
Production: 92 cases
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