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Andrew Rich Cabernet Franc 2007

Cabernet Franc from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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Winemaker Notes

We are now sourcing our Franc from the famed Red Willow Vineyard near Yakima. This block was planted in 1989 on a rocky east-facing slope, where the poor, well-drained soil (not to mention Mike Sauer and his sons and crew) helps control vigor and yields. Rich and powerful, the wine can be drunk now with decanting, but a year in the bottle should work wonders.

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This is the first cabernet franc Rich has sourced from the 20-year-old vines at Red Willow Vineyard in Yakima. Its rosemary and black pepper scents are exotic and savory, while its flavors reveal the wine's youth-tightly wound, with dark herbs accenting flavors of plum and black cherry. After a day it takes on an appealing, earthy depth that seems tailor-made for roast lamb.
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Andrew Rich, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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Since 1995, Andrew Rich has been sourcing fruit from some of Oregon and Washington’s best vineyards to craft wines of character, authenticity, and balance. While it has been said that Andrew has never met a grape variety that he didn’t like, in fact the focus is squarely on Pinot noir from the Willamette Valley and Rhône varietals from the Columbia Valley. Still, that hasn’t prevented him from championing a single-vineyard Willamette Sauvignon blanc or creating a stunning ice wine from 35-year-old Gewürztraminer vines in the Columbia Gorge.

Yakima Valley

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As the first recognized wine-growing region in the Pacific Northwest, Yakima Valley is centrally located within Washington’s vast Columbia Valley. The region also includes Washington’s oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vines, Otis Vineyard, planted in 1957, and Harrison Hill Vineyard, planted in 1963. Yakima Valley contains three smaller sub-regions: Rattlesnake Hills, Red Mountain, and Snipes Mountain and is ideal for both red and white wine production. In fact, Yakima Valley is Washington’s most diverse region, boasting more than 40 different grape varieties over about one hundred miles.

The cooler parts of the valley are home to almost half of the Chardonnay and Riesling produced in the state! Both are made in a wide range of styles depending on the conditions of the vineyard site.

But its warmer locations yield a large proportion of Washington’s best Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. The finest Yakima Valley reds are jam-packed full of red cherry, currant, raspberry or blackberry fruit, as well as cocoa, herb, spice and savory notes, and exhibit a supple texture, great body, focus and length.

Cabernet Franc

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The subtler and more delicate of the Cabernets, Cabernet Franc is a proud parent of Cabernet Sauvignon. While both are important grapes in modern day, high quality Bordeaux, interestingly, Cabernet Franc most likely originated from the Basque region of France sometime during the middle 1600’s. Today Cabernet Franc produces outstanding single varietal wines across the wine producing world, with some of its most classic examples from France’s Loire Valley, in the regions of Chinon, Bourgueil and Saumur-Champigny. Outside of France, Cabernet Franc performs quite well in parts of California, New York and Virginia. It is also a great blending grape.

In the Glass

Cabernet Franc typically tastes of red raspberries, cherries and herbs, with a stunning perfume of violets, tobacco and spice.

Perfect Pairings

Mouthwatering acidity makes Cabernet Franc an incredibly food-friendly wine, helping to cut through the richness of fatty meat dishes. It especially shines in tandem with lamb, and its affinity for the spice cabinet allows it to pair perfectly with Chinese dishes prepared with Szechuan pepper and five-spice.

Sommelier Secrets

One of California's best-kept secrets is the Happy Canyon appellation of Santa Barbara. Here Cabernet Franc shines as a single varietal wine or in blends, expressing sumptuous fruit, savory aromas and polished tannins.

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