Tamarack Cellars 2013 Cabernet Franc, Wahluke Slope, $30

By on June 14, 2015

tamarack-cellars-cabernet-franc-bottleLongtime Walla Walla airport vintner Ron Coleman celebrated his 15th anniversary with this vintage, and he’s come to rely on Weinbau Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope for his standalone bottling of 100% Cabernet Franc. Aromas lead with fruity notes of cassis, raspberry and red plum, but there’s the varietal thumbprint of mint and dried oregano in the background, along with black olive. Those herbal tones emerge on the palate amid the black currant and raspberry flavors. Coleman’s winemaker, Danny Gordon, does a nice job with the tannin management by allowing for expression rather than suppression, paving the way for a pinch of black pepper in the farewell.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 1,200 cases

Alcohol: 14.2%

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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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