Cloudlift Cellars 2012 Ascent Cabernet Franc, Horse Heaven Hills, $27

By on April 14, 2015

Cloudlift-Cellars-Ascent-Cabernet-Franc-2012-LabelSeattle winemaker Tom Stangeland couldn’t keep enough of the 2011 vintage on hand at Capitol Hill home, so he’s doubled production of his Cabernet Franc from Alder Ridge Vineyard, and this might be his best effort to date. Hints of toasted oak don’t intrude on the aromas of black cherry, dark strawberry, sweet herbs and note of minerality found so often in Horse Heaven Hills wines. Inside, it’s a lovely structure of black cherry, cocoa powder and crushed herbs with pomegranate acidity, sandy tannins and toasted almond in the finish. Suggested pairings include Eggplant Parmesan, pork tenderloin and anything involving chicken.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 120 cases

Alcohol: 14.3%

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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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