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Chinook Winery Cabernet Franc 2007

November 26th, 2010 · No Comments · Wine

Chinook 2007 Cab Franc

Smooth, bold, with fruitiness that is bigger than old world standards, but not quite as fruity as other Washington Cab Francs.

The Chinook 2007 Cab Franc describes its grapes as coming from the Yakima Valley AVA, between the Horse Haven Hills and the Yakima river.  This puts the vineyard on the north side of the hill, near the river and likely in a zone that is more moderate in temperature and light exposure than the Walla Walla or Red Mountain Cab Francs.  In this case, it shows with subtle fruit flavors, by Washington standards, with a very rich and silky feel through-out.  After trying Palouse’s much fruitier Cab Franc, this one leaves me a bit wanting.  It’s still good, but if I had to choose one, it would definitely be the Palouse winery Cab Franc.

– Dan

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