2018 Cabernet Franc - Walla Walla Valley OREGON

2018 Cabernet Franc - Walla Walla Valley OREGON


tasting notes

Classic, transparent aromas—white pepper, herbs and dust—fresh, silky red fruit—balanced structure, lithe and gentle, with with length on the palate—will gain in complexity over many years in the cellar


ava: Walla Walla Valley, Oregon

elevation: 950 feet

soil: ellisford silt loam

vine age: planted 1998 (Seven Hills), 2003 (McClellan Estate)

clonal selection: Clone1, self-rooted

harvest: September 14, 2018

whole cluster: 35%

elevage: 18 months, 3-5 year old french oak 228L (no new wood)

bottled: April 24, 2019, without fining

cases produced: 275


the Terroir Seven Hills Vineyard is a historic vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley ava, on the Oregon side of the border. The original vines were planted in 1982 by the McClellan family, who also planted (in 2003) another vineyard immediately adjacent to Seven Hills, called McClellan Estate. The vines at both vineyards are self-rooted in Ellisford silt loam. Careful management leads to balanced canopy growth and moderate yields, with Cabernet Franc clusters having good spacing, airflow and sun exposure. Alternating long Summer days (with ample sunlight due to northern latitude, 46 degre