2010 Andrew Will Columbia Valley Cabernet Franc
Fresh, vital and vibrant, offering an exuberant mouthful of blackberry, black cherry, chai tea and floral flavors that come together seamlessly against refined tannins and linger well. Drink now through 2016. 757 cases made.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium red. Complex, very ripe, musky aromas of earth and chocolate. Supple and very concentrated, with red fruit and saline flavors complicated by a note of baked bread. Finishes with sweet tannins and very good length.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Cabernet Franc represents barrels bottled from this vintage under his varietally-focused, less-expensive black label, although itís entirely from his Two Blonds Vineyard, nearly a third of which is planted to that grape. (There were difficulties on this site with its hardpan of underlying calcrete -- known locally and to geologists as 'caliche' -- and a second generation of Franc vines went in after just three years, in 2004, with denser spacing and different clones, row inclination, training, and approach to irrigation.) A spinach-like combination of nuttiness and pleasantly bitter character is met by tart blackberry and mulberry juiciness and there is some of the delightful (to this taster anyway!) amalgam of iodine, iron, and pepper in the finish that one also associates with dark leafy greens. This texturally-polished offering is likely to have some deliciously specialized uses at table over the next couple of years, though I donít feel capable of speculating on what might become of it after 3-5 years in bottle.
Washington winemaking star Chris Camarda has scored a hit with this 2010 Andrew Will bottling. It is 100% Cabernet Franc and was sourced from the Two Blondes vineyard, just outside of the Yakima Valley AVA. The wine was aged in 50% new Taransaud French oak.