Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Franc (Clone 214); Hand-harvested from Rose's Block on October 15, 2022 from Certified Sustainable vines.
Aging: 14 months in new and once-used French oak.
Vintage Notes: 2020 was a relatively warm year for Washington State with a significantly smaller crop than average. A freeze in the autumn of 2019 and some severe weather events in May 2020 impacted buds and fruit set which led to fewer and smaller clusters and berries. What we did not have in quantity certainly gave way to quality. Warm temperatures and sunshine in September and October allowed the berries to slowly develop sugars and flavors while maintaining acidity. Overall, a spectacular vintage showcasing aromatics and concentrated fruit.
Winemaker Notes: This wine is a very pretty ruby purple red. The nose opens with ripe cherry and red berry that is mixed with an earthy, forest floor-like character. There is also a pretty bright floral component with hints of rose, violet and hibiscus. In the background is some baking spice that adds dimension and complexity. The palate has structure owing to the tannins with a smooth-medium body. There is a juiciness of fruit on the finish which provides roundness. This wine is lovely to drink now and will age well.
Recommended Food Pairings:
- Earthy dishes such as roasted pork, beef burgers or stew, turkey and lamb
- Hearty vegetables such as eggplant, roasted red pepper artichokes and mushrooms
- Herbs such as oregano, thyme, rosemary and sage
- For Dessert: anything with fresh raspberries