Here’s a first look at what cabernet franc tastes like, Adams Bench style! I only say that because they have slated a 2013 release of a pure cabernet franc and it will be the first such from this iconic vineyard.
Tasted at 59 to 67 degrees on the IR temp gun and paired with Beecher’s Smoked Flagship cheese. Dark magenta in the Riedel, emanating wafts of cherry, raspberry, plum, flint, and a lick of oak. On the palate, moderate-dense with a spicy tack leading to flavors of red fruits, black pepper, gentle tannins, cedar, and sage on a fairly long tail.
Columbia Valley AVA. Sold out but retailed for $34. Released August 22, 2009. 50% Two Blondes cabernet franc, 50% Windy Ridge merlot. Power: 3/5. Balance: 3/5. Depth: 2/5. Finesse: 3/5. Rated: 91. Music pairing: “Reelin’ In The Years” by Steely Dan (live). This was a quickie by WAwineman… uncorked, uneducated but not uncouth.