This will surprise some lovers of chewy, tannic, earthy Cabernet Franc, because it is rather light in color, sweetly fruity and loaded with fresh strawberries—really ripe strawberries. It has none of the raspy tannins so often found with the grape. A thoughtful addition of Merlot helps broaden the midpalate.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.