Fly Rod Cellars 2015 Trico Cabernet Franc

January 12, 2019 

Appellation: Yakima Valley

Troy Mandeville and John Richardson of Convergence Zone Cellars in the Cascade foothills town of North Bend, Wash., work with Cabernet Franc from acclaimed Dineen Vineyard in the Rattlesnake Hills for the second vintage of this brand and its tribute to the tricorythodes mayfly — a friend to those fly fishing for trout. Perfumed aromas of violets and graphite shout out Cab Franc. The floral note continues while flavors of strawberry-rhubarb, black raspberry, graphite, hints of tar, anise seed, then smoky spiced oak and cigar box notes unfold. Juicy, rich and balanced, the firm tannins provide great framework, suggesting its cellar worthiness. Last spring, this wine earned its way into Wine Press Northwest magazine’s year-end Platinum Judging with a gold medal at the Seattle Wine Awards. In October, it achieved elite status as a unanimous Double Platinum.

Rated “Outstanding!” by Wine Press Northwest. (14.2% alc.)

Price: $29

Cases produced: 45

Food pairings: Cabernet Franc ranks among the world’s most food-friendly wines. Enjoy with roasted or grilled meats, robust cheeses, stuffed bell peppers, herb-influenced meatloaf and other tomato-based recipes.

10808 428th Ave. SE, North Bend, WA 98045

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