Walla Walla Vintners Cabernet Franc 2007
Cabernet Franc from Walla Walla Valley, Washington
This regal Cabernet Franc is composed of 84% Cabernet Franc from Cordon Grove, Dwelley, Sagemoor and Weinbau Vineyards. The 16% Merlot addition came from Cordon Grove, Killian and Spring Creek Vineyards. This impressive blend has a fruitcake, black walnut nose, a midpalate of creamy butterscotch surrounded by sweet tobacco and a gripping finish of a Fran's chocolate caramel sprinkled with sea salt.
The Wine Advocate - "The crimson-colored 2007 Cabernet Franc exhibits a fragrant nose of cedar, cinnamon, clove, rosemary, and black cherry. Medium-bodied and savory, this flavorful, forward effort can be enjoyed over the next 6 years. "
Walla Walla Vintners Winery
Walla Walla Vintners -- bonded in 1995 -- is a limited-production winery dedicated to making handcrafted, premium red wines --Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot -- cellared and aged in American and French oaks. The winemakers are Myles Anderson, and Gordon Venneri. This duet produced homecrafted wines for many years before making commercial wines. The homecrafted venture permitted them to practice winemaking, take mistakes to the dump, and forge a successful partnership. Neither partner has given up his day job - this is still a hobby business. Gordon is a CPA and field agent for Knight of Columbus Insurance and Myles is a teaching psychologist at the local community college. The new winery, designed and built by Alan Jones, is located off Mill Creek Road on 17 acres near the Blue Mountains. The winery is open for tasting and sales featuring its newest release during two weekends a year, one in the Spring and one in the Fall. To reach the winery from US 12, take the Rooks Park exit. The winery is located 3.2 miles east from Isaac Avenue on Mill Creek Road in Walla Walla. View all Walla Walla Vintners Wines
About Walla Walla ValleyView a map of Walla Walla Valley wineries
Sharing part of the valley with Oregon, Walla Walla is on the southeast side of the Columbia Valley. It is primarily red grape land, with Cabernet Sauvignon leading in the vineyards, followed by Merlot and the ever-growing and very popular, Syrah.In the 1990's, as Washington State was gaining more acclaim for its red wines, Walla Walla was hailed by wine critics for its quality and sense of place. That has not changed. Many red wines from Walla Walla show not only great complexity and elegance, but ageability. Though the region is known for the red wines, the most planted white grape here is Chardonnay.
About WashingtonRelated Links:Now the number two producer in the United States, Washington State has also grown in quality.
So how does a state known for rain and coffee produce high quality wines? They plant their grapes on the east side of the Cascade mountains, away from that ever-present rain cloud that sits along the coast. Perhaps wine grapes do well since the sandy loam soils east of the Cascade range give way to an almost desert-like land, saved from drought only by the helpful rivers that run through the area – and the good irrigation systems.
Thinking that the state would do best with typical northern growing grapes like Riesling and Gewurtztraminer, turns out the apple state is well-suited for reds, namely Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and, more recently, Syrah. Of course, whites have not been forgotten - Washington State Rieslings range from bone-dry to sweet, are well-structured and high quality, and Chardonnay dominates most of the other white plantings, making a range of wines. But the reds of the region, Merlot in particular, have made Washington State a quality force to be reckoned with.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- <img border="0" align = "center" src="/images/Category/Varietal_Red_Wine.jpg" width="750" height="300">Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.