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Animale 2014 Cabernet Franc Label Cabernet Franc On The Vine Fall 2016

2014 Cabernet Franc

AVA: Yakima Valley

Blend:

  • 95% Cabernet Franc
  • 5% Cabernet Sauvignon

Vineyard: McIntire Vineyard, Sunnyside (Cabernet Franc)

Harvest Dates and Ripeness: (Cabernet Franc)

  • 10/24/14, 22.3 brix (25% of harvest)
  • 11/7/14, 24.8 brix (75% of harvest)

Aging:

  • 95% Neutral French oak, 10 months (the Cabernet Franc)
  • 5% New French oak, 4 months (the Cabernet Sauvignon)

Alcohol: 13.3%

Production: 32 cases

Tasting Notes:

A full-bodied wine, of medium purple-garnet color; featuring aromas of dried blueberries with hints of baking spice, pimento, incense, and sassafras; flavors of cherries, blueberries, and plums, with nuanced hints of eucalyptus, licorice, anise, and mint tea. The finish is long and powerful, with balanced acidity and firm tannins; enjoyable now, but will age gracefully for years to come.

Reviewed:

  • Wines Northwest (Chuck Hill), September 19, 2017 - Featured Wine of the Week
  • Animale 2014 Cabernet Franc Yakima Valley AVA - "Matt Gubitosa's tiny winery in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle creates some of the most intense and varietally-true wines in Washington. This dedicated winemaker selects the fruit at intense ripeness and points his production at making inky, fruity classics. Not oaky at all, the wine reveals ripe plum, cassis, anise and dark cherry to accompany your favorite meats from the grill."

Label Design: Curt Collinsworth, San Francisco, CA

Winery Retail: $25

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