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Columbia Valley Cabernet Franc

Columbia Valley Cabernet Franc Wine Details

Description: Exclusively from the Clifton Vineyard, part of the Milbrandt Vineyard collection, we picked one ton of Cabernet Franc at theabsolute peak of ripeness. In fact we picked the grapes one week after L’Ecole No. 41 picked Cabernet Franc from the same rows. The Cabernet Franc was aged for seventeen months in three used American Oak barrels. The result is an incredibly ripe Cabernet Franc that is jammed with blueberries, hints of tobacco, cedar, and velvety tannins. This is one of the best examples of Washington Cabernet Franc you will find. 72 cases bottled and it is only available through the winery.

Varietal Definition
Cabernet Franc:
Cabernet Franc is an accessible, spicy, herbal, dark blue grape variety that is often compared to Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Franc tends to be softer and has less tannin than Cabernet Sauvignon, although the two can be difficult to distinguish. Sometimes the French refer to Cabernets, which could mean either of the two grapes. Its typical aromas include an herbaceous and pronounced peppery nose, even in ripe fruit, and something eerily like tobacco. The Cabernet Franc ripens at an earlier stage, which gives it reason to exist in the Bordeaux area. In the Loire, where we find it a lot, it gives a clear red fresh and fruity wine.
Cabernet Sauvignon:
Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted and significant among the five dominant varieties in France’s Bordeaux region, as well as the most successful red wine produced in California. Though it was thought to be an ancient variety, recent genetic studies at U.C. Davis have determined that Cabernet Sauvignon is actually the hybrid offspring of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Sauvignon berries are small with black, thick and very tough skin. This toughness makes the grapes fairly resistant to disease and spoilage and able to withstand some autumn rains with little or no damage. It is a mid to late season ripener. These growth characteristics, along with its flavor appeal have made Cabernet Sauvignon one of the most popular red wine varieties worldwide.


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