This is our 20th edition of Cabernet Franc. The previous vintages are cellaring beautifully, but we think this is one of the best we have ever crafted. Collectors will want to be sure to keep enough of these in their personal cellars to enjoy for years to come. This gracious Franc is jam-packed with flavors of fresh picked strawberries, blackberry & dark cherry, followed by a mid-palate of an exotic blend of roasted Roma tomatoes, eggplant and cassis, and a gripping finish of caramelized sugar. The smooth finish has ample hang time in order to experience the gracefulness of this wine and the balanced acid and tannins will allow this wine to age.
Weinbau, Sagemoor Bacchus, Grove, Lodmell, Dwelley & Kilian
93% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot and 2% Carménère
The wine that started all. Cabernet Franc has been a part of the Walla Walla Vintners’ lineup since our first vintage in 1995, gaining fame for itself and building a reputation of quality for the winery that we pride above all else. A warm, ripe year, the Cabernet Franc from the 2015 vintage shows blackberry, blueberry and violet aromas backed with pencil shavings and freshly mown grass. Silky tannins balance vibrant acidity on the palate, finishing like dessert in a glass, blackberry cheesecake and crème brulee.
The 2015 vintage was one of the hottest growing seasons in the history of both the Walla Walla Valley and Columbia Valley. Bud break occurred two weeks earlier than normal with harvest ranging almost three weeks ahead of average. Ripe fruit, small berries and soft tannins make the 2015 vintage approachable now with structure to shine with extended cellaring.