2014 Tamarack Columbia Valley Cabernet Franc

SKU #1269154 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A good value, the 2014 Cabernet Franc (100% Cabernet Franc aged in 30% new French oak) is a medium-bodied, pretty, beautifully pure 2014 that has forward notes of plums, blackberry liqueur, wildflowers and spice. It falls off on the finish, but has plenty to like. (JD)  (6/2016)


 Bright red. High-toned oak, blackcurrant, violet and licorice on the nose. Perfumed and firmly built, conveying a juicy character to the flavors of red berries, tobacco, spices and flowers. Finishes with good energy and lift. This varietally accurate Cabernet Franc struck me as sweeter and longer than the 2013 version. (ST)  (6/2016)

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We love bright, complex and affordable reds coming out of the Pacific Northwest, like the fan-favorite Firehouse Red blend from Tamarack Cellars. But what's the role of Cabernet Franc in such blend? Here's a taste for those who want to know—and it doesn't cost too much for your curiosity.

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Cabernet Franc

- While Cabernet Franc, a parent with Sauvignon Blanc to the ubiquitous Cabernet Sauvignon, frequently plays second fiddle in Bordeaux blends (though it does get more props on the Right Bank, where it dominates Cheval Blanc), this lighter, higher acid/lower tannin, early-maturing, perfumed red varietal is far from a wallflower. It is the headliner in the Loire Valley appellations of Saumur-Champigny, Bourgueil, St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, Chinon and Anjou-Villages, where it makes exceptional, food-friendly wines. Outside of France, Cabernet Franc can be found in northern Italy, particularly in Friuli and in California where it is frequently used as a blending grape in Bordeaux-style wines. Heartier in the cold than Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc is gaining a foothold in northern and eastern wine regions like Canada, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- Washington has become one of the most important wine producing states in the United States, and development continues to grow rapidly. In 1969, when California was exploding as a wine producer, Washington had only two wineries, but by 2000 that number had passed 100. Most of Washington's grape crop goes to uses other than wine. Merlot and Chardonnay have been the most successful in Washington. It's interesting to note that Washington's prime wine regions are located at 46° north, along the same latitude as the legendary French wine districts of Bordeaux and Burgundy. During the summer, Washington averages more than two hours more sunlight each day compared to California.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.2