Stemilt Creek Winery 2009 Transforming Traditions Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $32

By on February 1, 2015

stemilt-creek-winery-logoKyle Mathison grew this Wenatchee Valley crop the summer after his father, TK — founder of Stemilt Growers — passed away at the age of 82. Kyle’s wife, Jan, has made the wine from the beginning with some guidance from Craig Mitrakul. Her Cabernet Franc shows no sign of slowing done, and it opens with aromas of black cherry, strawberry, root beer, black peppercorns and the varietally correct herbaceousness. There’s a juicy entry of more black cherry and strawberry-flavored Twizzlers, followed up by smooth tannins, pleasing acidity and pipe tobacco in the finish.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 140 cases

Alcohol: 15%

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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.

One Comment

  1. Sarah bagdon

    February 4, 2015 at 2:58 am

    Great review, thanks Eric and Andy.

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