Cabernet Franc has a big effect on aroma, and here it piles tobacco leaf atop plums and black cherries. Elderberry, black cherry, and tar open on the palate, with coconut and vanilla coming through on the mid-palate, where they are joined by red fruit highlights. Tannins are gentle and mild, the acid backbone is firm. Mouth-feel is very smooth. Drink with dry-rubbed beef ribs. Recommended. 87 points.

WHO: Davenport Cellars
WHAT: Red Blend- Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Merlot (20%), Cabernet Franc (10%), Petite Verdot (10%), Malbec (10%)
WHERE: Washington, Columbia Valley
WHEN: 2012



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