Hamilton Cellars, Weinbau Cabernet Franc 2013, Columbia Valley, Washington
Tasting Note: A Washington-state cabernet franc that echoes the Loire with fruit-restraint, subtlety and complexity of flavor.
Deep-intensity purple in color, this wine has an aromatic nose of black plum, black tea, dried crushed violet petal with just a hint of mature cedar.
On the palate the dry, the medium-plus-bodied cabernet franc is medium in acidity with ripe-and-tart-at-moments black fruit.
There is midpalate complexity and balance between the fruit and acidity with ripe, medium tannin. A winning cabernet franc.
Bottle Note: Consulting winemaker Charlie Hoppes has crafted this 100% Cabernet Franc with fruit from one of Washington’s premier vineyards – Weinbau Vineyard. There is a great concentration of red fruit on the palate accentuated with an underlying layer of blueberry. Aged for 25 months in a combination of French and American oak.
Tasted: Dinner at Hedges Family Estate Winery, Benton City, Washington
Tasting Date: October 3, 2018