Gilberts Cellars, Cabernet Franc Nouveau 2021, Yakima Valley, WA
Lovely and bright, this Beaujolais-style Cab Franc can certainly handle a chill and has notes of red fruit, bell pepper, spring flowers, and subtle smokiness.
COUNTRY: United State of America (USA)
APPELLATION (AVA): Yakima Valley
REGION: Columbia Valley
VINEYARD: Dineen Vineyard
GRAPES: 100% Cabernet Franc
SOIL: Silt loam, hard durapan
PRACTICE: Lodi Rules certified sustainable, natural, vegan, gluten free
VINIFICATION: Foot-stomped, ten days carbonic maceration, native yeast fermentation, finished in neutral oak one month, unfined, unfiltered.
COLOR: Vivid raspberry
BODY: Light to Medium (3-4)
PRIMARY AROMAS: Fresh red fruit, green bell pepper, spring flowers, subtle smokiness
FORMAT: 750 ml
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ABOUT THE PRODUCER:
Gilbert Cellars is a family-run winery in Yakima, Washington, focusing on handcrafted, small batches of authentic Washington wines, with a strong sense of community and hospitality. With a deep, five generations-old connection to the Yakima Valley farming land (and its own 8,200-foot Gilbert Peak!), the Gilbert family and their partners dedicate their energies and skills to create wines that celebrate the terroir and the communities in it. Gloria and Charlie Gilbert, Le Cordon Bleu alumni and world-class hospitality masters, partnered with Justin Neufeld, a Washington winemaking veteran with a deep knowledge of the terroir diversities in Columbia Valley, to bottle the best expressions of Yakima Valley vintage after vintage.
Justin Neufeld, Winemaker
Justin showcases the flavors of the vineyards through each step of the growing and production process. Our resident wine geek, Justin has a degree in molecular biology, but outdoor pursuits (backpacking, climbing)—and a serendipitous introduction to noted Washington winemaker Doug Gore—drove him out of the lab and into the vineyards. He finessed his skills at Chateau St. Michelle, Silver Lake, and Glen Fiona before joining Gilbert Cellars in 2007.
ABOUT THE VINEYARD:
“Few Washington State wineries own Estate vineyards. Dineen Vineyards is one of them. Our vineyards are situated in the Yakima Valley AVA, just north of the town of Zillah, Washington. We are in a unique hill-top area that is especially well suited for growing premium wine grapes owing to the silt-loam soils and sunny, south-facing aspect. The site also offers far-reaching views of the valley, and Mount Adams and Mount Rainier in the distance.
Dineen Vineyards began planting in the spring of 2001 and continues to add annually to the planted acreage. Currently there are 75 acres under vine. We are focused on growing grapes traditionally found in the Bordeaux and Rhône Valley regions of France; including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Viognier and Semillon. Unlike France, our vines are own-rooted which allows for a very pure expression of the soils.
The majority of the work at Dineen Vineyards, from planting to harvest, is done by hand and the grapes are treated gently on the way to the bottle. Our soils are low-vigour and we use deficit irrigation as well as careful canopy management practices to produce low-yields and exceptional flavor profiles. We practice sustainable viticulture with minimal use of non-organic pesticides and fertilizers.
In addition to our own Estate-bottled wine, we have dedicated partnerships with winemakers who consistently produce highly-acclaimed wine from our fruit. Wines made with Dineen Vineyards’ fruit are generally known for their richness, color and elegant tannins.” dineenvineyards.com
ABOUT THE LABEL: “Yakima Ridge” by Jackie Jones