This is rather sweet and forward for a Cab Franc, but it does kick in with the grape's chewy tannins, giving the back end heft and depth. The fruit is light and tastes of simple raspberry; the tannins and the back end show earth, compost, and other interesting annotations. Good winemaking shows the potential for these still-young grapes.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: email@example.com.