Chelan Ridge Winery 2009 Cabernet Franc, Lake Chelan, $34

By on November 26, 2014

Chelan Ridge Winery 2009 Cabernet Franc labelLynn Munneke uses fruit from her family’s 13-acre sustainably farmed vineyard along the north shore of Lake Chelan in Manson, where the view is stunning from their mountain lodge-themed tasting room, which they opened in 2010. Her Cab Franc is from fifth harvest off those vines, and while the nose doesn’t broadcast the herbaceous notes that many associate with this variety, it’s instead filled with black cherry, red currant and blackberry aromas among crumbled graham cracker and milk chocolate. There’s a bit of crushed herbs on the palate among the ripe cherry and plum flavors, surrounded by elegant tannins and capped with sweet spices.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 70 cases

Alcohol: 14.8%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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