Walla Walla Vintners 2012 Cabernet Franc

June 23, 2014 

Appellation: Columbia Valley

Myles Anderson and Gordy Venneri were among of the first in the Pacific Northwest to bottle Cabernet Franc on its own, and this marks the 18th vintage they’ve produced under their iconic red barn along Mill Creek in the Walla Walla Valley. Credit goes to their winemaker, William vonMetzger, for gradually dialing back the oak program in recent years, and his stunning work with this proves that. There’s plenty of black cherry, blackberry, chocolate and vanilla from beginning to end. Bright acidity, well-managed tannins and a thread of minerality made this extra special — and best of show at the second annual Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition. The judging helps raise money for scholarships at the renowned Walla Walla Community College winemaking program that Anderson founded. (14.2 percent alcohol)

Price: $30

Cases produced: 588

Food pairings: Enjoy this wine with Cornish game hens, grilled vegetables or a gourmet pizza.

Walla Walla Vintners, 225 Vineyard Lane, Walla Walla, 509-525-4724, www.wallawallavintners.com.

-- Great Northwest Wine

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