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2009 Owen Roe Cabernet Franc Slide Mountain Vineyard Yakima Valley
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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2011

(just 13% alcohol, from vines planted at an altitude of 1,700 feet; "perfectly ripe at 22.8 degrees Brix," noted O'Reilly):  Bright saturated red.  Multidimensional nose combines candied cherry, plum, mocha, licorice, spices and violet.  Wonderfully sweet, lush and ripe in the mouth, but at the same time lively and delineated.  Pure, mouthfilling wine with suave tannins and excellent length.  Terrific Right Bank-style cabernet franc without a suggestion of greennness.  A beauty. 

93 Points | Wine Spectator

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Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc is one of the three principal varieties in Bordeaux, as well as being the dominant variety in the fine wines of the western Loire Valley. In Bordeaux's Left Bank, Cabernet Franc serves as a blending component adding aromatic complexity to the more muscular Cabernet Sauvignon. On the Right Bank, the grape is found in the clay soils of St. Emilion, where it...
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