KOBAYASHI Cabernet Franc, Yakima Valley 2015

This outstanding Cabernet Franc from Kobayashi includes a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon which was all sourced from  the David Lake block in the Red Willow Vineyard. Years ago Red Willow Vineyard Manager, Mike Sauer, planted an experimental block of Bordeaux varietals, and this block has three Cabernet Franc clones included. The David’s Block' Cabernet Franc wine was natively fermented and the wine was hand-destemmed by friends and family, and then fermented on neutral oak puncheons. There were no punchdowns or pumpovers as the wine barrels were actually spun instead. It was also frequently stirred prior to racking which has obviously brought out the marvelous textural elements to the wine. The wine itself begins with aromas of anise, crème de cassis, milk chocolate, with pretty rose water aromatics coming into play. The palate shows wonderful richness and a smooth mouthfeel, as the wine unveils ripe dark and red berry flavors with milk chocolate and silky smooth tannins. There is a wonderful seamless quality to this wine as well as an evident purity of fruit. This finishes extremely long with dark fruits and chocolate. Only 25 cases made of this incredible wine. This is an amazing job from uber-talented Travis Allen.
RatingValueDrink
94 $75 2018-2028

CountryRegionAppellation
United States Washington Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley

EditorIssueImporter
O. Bargreen June, 2018  

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