2012 Cabernet Franc Estate
Floral and herbaceous on the nose, with delicate aromas of rose petal, lavender and wildflowers above layers of dried redcurrant, wild fig and lignified wood. A soft entry to the palate is followed by an immediate weight and density in the mouth with rich flavors of raspberry, leather and thyme. Herbaceous notes of eucalypt, cedar and tomato bush combine with dusty mouth-filling tannins to make this a truly striking Cabernet Franc.
Cooler conditions during the 2011 growing season accentuated the earth-driven, herbaceous aromas and flavors that are characteristic of the world’s greatest Cabernet Francs. Our two best blocks of Cabernet Franc were hand-harvested and sorted into small oak open-tops for fermentation. After an extended time on skins, the wine was gently basket-pressed into new and once used French Oak barriques, and matured for two years prior to bottling.
Appellation: Walla Walla Valley
Production: 494 cases
2016 Pink Pape
2014 Pape Blanc
2013 Slice of Pape
2015 Pinot Gris
2012 Sangiovese Estate
2012 Tempranillo Estate
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
2012 Cabernet Franc Estate
2012 Syrah Estate
Our complete lineup of Tranche wines is sliced into three different series: our ‘Rhone Series’, our ‘Mediterranean Series’ and our ‘Estate Series’.
Grapes native to France’s Rhône Valley are the focus of our ‘Slice of Pape’ program – our homage particularly to the blended wines of the Southern Rhône. Slice of Pape, Slice of Pape Blanc, and Pink Pape (our dry rosé) are crafted from the best of these traditional varietals. Separately and together, they offer you a New World expression of these classic Old World wines. We include in our Spring release our Pinot Gris as it is the perfect complement to the menus of Spring and Summer, and ideal for sipping on the deck.
In our ongoing efforts to expand our reach with other varietally-focused wines, we look to grapes whose origins are within the Mediterranean region. Again the goal is to express the traditional characteristics of each varietal, capturing the essence in each wine’s distinctive aromas and flavors. We invite you to explore these special wines that have been inspired by the Mediterranean standard-bearers.
And finally, the cornerstones of our portfolio, we produce limited quantities of varietal wines, each focusing on a single grape. The Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Syrah express the terroir of our Blue Mountain Estate Vineyard in Walla Walla. The Chardonnay comes from our Celilo Vineyard in the Columbia Gorge AVA, renown for growing the finest Chardonnay in Washington State. In these wines you can taste the grape’s unique character – its aromas, flavors, texture and detail.