Walla Walla Vintners 2015 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $35

William vonMetzger continues the tradition of excellence at Walla Walla Vintners with Cabernet Franc, the lesser-known Bordeaux grape that now-retired founders Myles Anderson and Gordy Venneri used to help launch their brand with in 1995. Renowned vineyards such as Bacchus, Weinbau and Dwelley are joined by longtime Franc-friendly Cordon Grove near Prosser. Aromas of Bing cherry mingled with eucalyptus create cravings for beef and vegetable stew, followed by flavors of cherry, blackberry and cedar backed with high acid and mellow tannin to provide a lingering finish of cranberry. This was awarded best of class at three judgings in 2017 — the San Francisco International, Great Northwest Invitational and the Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 709 cases

Alcohol: 14.2%

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