Leone Italian Cellars 2006 Cabernet Franc Vin Dolce, Columbia Valley, $25

By on November 2, 2013

leone-italian-cellars-logoIt’s a bit unusual to craft a Port-style wine from Cabernet Franc, but Bill Ammons pulls it off for this Italian-themed sister project of Silver Lake Winery in Woodinville, Wash. The fruit comes from Roza Hills and makes for a distinctive nose of raspberry and raspberry leaf, dried cherry, blueberry, Western serviceberry and hint of dolmas. It’s a smooth drink of rich cocoa, creamy blueberry and Chukar Cherry. There’s balance of both alcohol and tannin, and it finishes at 10% residual sugar with notes of Raisinets and a pinch of leaf. Suggested pairings include bubbling cherry pie.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 205 cases

Alcohol: 19.5%

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