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2017 Estate Cabernet Franc

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2017 Estate Cabernet Franc
2017 Estate Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc is often an overlooked for its more famous counterpart Cabernet Sauvignon in the Walla Walla Valley, however Watermill Cabernet Franc stands on its own as one of our most distinctive and high quality wines. This Cabernet Franc features the classic flavors of the hillside vineyards of the foothills of the Walla Walla Valley.

Tasting notes

A striking but pleasant combination of fruit and spice, the nose depicts a beautiful mix of caramel, cinnamon, green bell pepper and stone. On the pallet the wine begins fruity with a burst of nectarine and Dapple Dandy Pluot that flows into a classic Cabernet Franc mid palate and finish that showcases minerality and green bell pepper spice with a dustiness to the tannins that is classic Bordeaux in its quality.

Production notes

All Watermill wines are hand picked late in seasons for maximum ripeness. They are then gently pressed in small volumes and undergo inoculated fermentation in 1 to 1.5 ton small lot fermenters. The wine sits on the skins for more than two weeks where it undergoes additional maceration through punch downs and pump overs for color and tannin integration before being transferred to barrel. All reds age for between 12 and 16 months in a combination of new and neutral medium toast French and American oak before bottling.

Vintage2017
VarietalCabernet Franc
Varietal Composition95% Cabernet Franc, 5% Carménère
AppellationWalla Walla Valley
VineyardDugger Creek Estate Vineyard
Aging11 months 35% New French Oak, 65% Neutral French Oak
Alcohol14.10%
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced339
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