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Chatter Creek Cabernet Franc 2012

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

    On the nose, aromas of blueberry, cranberry, cassis, and peppers. The mouth feel is clean with ripe and youthful pie-cherry and red berry flavors that are unencumbered by oak. The tannins are well managed, and the finish is fruity, velvety and lingers for quite some time.

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    Chatter Creek

    Chatter Creek

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    Chatter Creek, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Gordy Rawson honed his winemaking chops for nearly a decade as cellarmaster under Columbia Winery winemaker, David Lake, MW. Inspired there over time to express his own style, Gordy founded Chatter Creek in 1996, where, still today, he is a one man show producing nuanced, delicate, old world style wines. Chatter Creek wines will be most appreciated by those who prize purity of varietal character, a sense of place and minimal winemaking interference.

    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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