Friday, June 24, 2011

Pleasant Surprise

Last night I had the opportunity to try one of Patterson Cellars wines from their 2007 vintage. A gift to my parents; we drank last night with some salmon and baked potatoes. I am always captivated by Cabernet Franc since it is normally used as a blending grape but can really show well by itself. Not only can it be great by itself, but it can vary quite a bit in styling depending on the region grown, growing year, the grower, and the winemaker. I have had some really good Cabernet Franc in Washington in years past that was reminiscent of raspberry jam to me, but last night the raspberries weren't who showed up. That was an excellent thing.

2007 Patterson Cellars Woodslake Cabernet Franc – Columbia Valley

Popped and poured over an hour. A deep red hue, almost red cherry colored moving dark in the middle of the glass.   This had a very nice nose of blueberries, dark fruit, cedar, a little pepper, and some vanilla. On the palate was a very well balanced medium body wine showing a medium finish and well integrated tannins that were not overwhelming at all. A real crowd pleaser and very approachable while maintaining good complexity. We’ve gotten so accustomed to 15%+ alcohol fruit bombs that this being so nicely put together at 14% was just another reason to like what they did here. Drinking very well right now and probably for the next few years. At $20, I thought this was a steal. No raspberries for me, but the blueberries delivered for this wine; an outstanding QPR and certainly recommended.

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