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2016 Cabernet Franc

Phinny Hill Vineyard

My original plan was to include the Cab Franc in my blended red wine – after all, isn’t Cab Franc supposed to be a blending grape?  My first dip into a barrel of the first Cab Franc I made (in 2004) threw that plan out the window!  Columbia Valley Cab Franc can be far too good to blend – it clearly can stand on its own.

That 2004 Cabernet Franc was an absolute fruit bomb.  The 2005 was nearly identical.  The 2006 did it again.  The 2007 was a star of the vintage, one of my favorite wines of 2007.  Same for the 2008.  And the 2009 and the 2010.  There was no 2011 due to a freeze.  The 2012 was gorgeous as was the 2013, the 2014, the 2015 and now, the 2016…

Well, here we go again!  Dark with forward, complex aromatics, it has a big, smooth mid-palate and a long finish.

2017 Cabernet Franc Phinny Hill also available.