Oh my word, the weekend is here! I came home from work, ran some errands and went to they gym and now it's time to relax with a nice dinner and some wine. Tonight I've decided to open a bottle of wine from one of my favorite Washington producers, L'Ecole No. 41, and the 2013 Walla Walla Cabernet Franc, a 100% Cabernet Franc from the Seven Hills Vineyard. So let's see how this one is going to set the tone for my weekend!
The wine is a deep, inky color, with some bright ruby along the edges. The nose perfumes of leather, cedar, black cherry and kirsch, all combine to let your taste buds know something wonderful is about to come their way. The taste is a rush of black cherry at the front that transitions to some wild flavors of black pepper, dried herbs and cocoa midpalate. The finish has an air of lingering spice along with some lovely tobacco notes that has you reminiscing about that weekend at a rustic mountain lodge as the wonderfully integrated tannins usher in the long, smooth and pleasantly dry finish.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 9, as it's a beautiful example of what some of the most talented winemakers in Walla Walla can do with a blending grape! This wine would pair well with a variety of Northwest dishes from salmon to dungeness crab, to the more traditional meat and potatoes. Which is a good thing, since I'm enjoying this wine with a rare grilled prime sirloin over a bed of grilled leeks, roasted asparagus and a big baked potato with sour cream and chives. Cheers!