Appellation: Walla Walla Valley
Mary Derbys downtown Walla Walla tasting room showcases these three barrels of fruit from the Rempel familys XL Vineyard, which is part of the star-studded SeVein project near Milton-Freewater, Ore. This bottling denotes Derby's first dedicated effort with Cabernet Franc, and she nailed it. (She now also produces a Cabernet Franc rosé.) Derby preserves classic notes of a cedar-lined cigar box followed by dusty raspberries and cherries with balanced tannins and touches of Graham cracker and coffee. Her eyecatching label was designed by Amy Mundwiler, wine director for Chicago's Maple & Ash Restaurant. Ironically, Mundwiler's "ah-hah" moment with wine came with a bottle of Cabernet Franc from Chinon. Derbys ranked as one of the top examples of Cabernet Franc in Wine Press Northwest magazines recent Bordeaux Gems tasting for the Spring 2019 issue.
Rated Outstanding! by Wine Press Northwest. (14.7% alc.)
Cases produced: 75
Food pairings: Enjoy with leaner cuts of beef such as New York strip, flank steak or London broil as well as poultry and duck or vegetarian-leaning pasta dishes.
123 E. Main St.,Walla Walla 99362