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Maryhill

Maryhill
2011 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Pork Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.3% RS: .01%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$16.95

Maryhill
2011 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Pork Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.3% RS: .01%
Dark ruby black color. Inviting aromas and flavors of spiced nuts, apple tart, and honeyed cherries with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with shades of toffee and delicate spice with fine tannins and light oak. A delicious and supple red that will make a great evening sipper.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: spiced nuts, apple tart, and honeyed cherries
Taste Flavor: toffee and delicate spice
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pork Chops, Gyros, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A delicious and supple red that will make a great evening sipper.

The Producer

Maryhill Winery

The Producer
9774 Hwy 14
Goldendale, WA 98620
USA
1 509-773-1976

Their Portfolio

90 Maryhill 2011 Proprietor’s Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley 14.4% (USA) $24.95.
86 Maryhill 2011 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley 13.3% (USA) $16.95.
89 Maryhill 2011 Reserve, Les Collines, Merlot, Walla Walla Valley 14.6% (USA) $36.00.
90 Maryhill 2011 Reserve, Clifton Hills, Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope 14.6% (USA) $40.00.
91 Maryhill 2011 Reserve, Les Collines, Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley 14.3% (USA) $40.00.
92 Maryhill 2011 Reserve, Alder Ridge, Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills 14.4% (USA) $40.00.
89 Maryhill 2011 Proprietor’s Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 14.2% (USA) $24.95.
88 Maryhill 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 13.7% (USA) $16.95.
92 Maryhill 2011 Proprietor’s Reserve, "Serendipity", Columbia Valley 14.2% (USA) $29.95.
85 Maryhill 2011 Proprietor’s Reserve, Merlot, Columbia Valley 14.8% (USA) $24.95.
87 Maryhill 2011 Merlot, Columbia Valley 14.2% (USA) $16.95.
87 Maryhill 2011 Proprietor’s Reserve, Malbec, Columbia Valley 13.9% (USA) $24.95.
88 Maryhill 2011 Malbec, Columbia Valley 13.6% (USA) $16.95.
89 Maryhill 2012 "Winemaker’s Red", Columbia Valley 13.8% (USA) $11.95.
90 Maryhill 2013 "Winemaker’s White", Columbia Valley 12.5% (USA) $9.95.
88 Maryhill 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley 14.2% (USA) $9.95.
87 Maryhill 2011 Proprietor’s Reserve, Grenache, Columbia Valley 14.8% (USA) $19.95.
86 Maryhill 2012 Proprietor’s Reserve, Chardonnay, Columbia Valley 13.9% (USA) $16.95.
88 Maryhill 2013 Gewurtztraminer, Columbia Valley 14.1% (USA) $9.95.
85 Maryhill 2013 Moscato di Canelli, Columbia Valley 12.5% (USA) $11.95.
87 Maryhill 2013 Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley 13.8% (USA) $11.95.
88 Maryhill 2013 Riesling, Columbia Valley 13.1% (USA) $9.95.
89 Maryhill 2013 Rosé of Sangiovese, Columbia Valley 13.5% (USA) $9.95.
90 Maryhill 2013 Viognier, Columbia Valley 14.4% (USA) $11.95.
89 Maryhill 2011 Barbera, Columbia Valley 14.5% (USA) $16.95.
89 Maryhill 2011 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley 13.3% (USA) $16.95.
87 Maryhill 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 13.7% (USA) $16.95.
87 Maryhill 2011 Malbec, Columbia Valley 13.6% (USA) $16.95.
89 Maryhill 2011 Merlot, Columbia Valley 14.2% (USA) $16.95.
91 Maryhill 2011 Sangiovese, Columbia Valley 14.1% (USA) $16.95.
90 Maryhill 2011 Syrah, Columbia Valley 14.2% (USA) $16.95.
89 Maryhill 2012 Winemaker’s Red, Columbia Valley 13.8% (USA) $11.95.
90 Maryhill 2011 Zinfandel, Columbia Valley 14.8% (USA) $16.95.
84 Maryhill 2013 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley 13.8% (USA) $9.95.
88 Maryhill 2012 Proprietor’s Reserve, Chardonnay, Columbia Valley 13.9% (USA) $16.95.
85 Maryhill 2013 Gewurztraminer, Columbia Valley 14.1% (USA) $9.95.
90 Maryhill 2013 Moscato di Canelli, Columbia Valley 12.5% (USA) $11.95.
87 Maryhill 2013 Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley 13.8% (USA) $11.95.
88 Maryhill 2013 Riesling, Columbia Valley 13.1% (USA) $9.95.
89 Maryhill 2013 Rosé of Sangiovese, Columbia Valley 13.5% (USA) $9.95.
88 Maryhill 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley 14.2% (USA) $9.95.
91 Maryhill 2013 Viognier, Columbia Valley 14.4% (USA) $11.95.
88 Maryhill 2013 Winemaker’s White, Columbia Valley 12.5% (USA) $9.95.

Cabernet Franc

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Cabernet Franc is very closely related to cabernet sauvignon; it is widely presumed that cabernet franc is just a well established mutation. It is ideally suited to cooler climates, as it buds and ripens earlier than cabernet sauvignon. Additionally, it is less susceptible to poor weather during harvest. In the Medoc and Graves region of Bordeaux, where it typically constitutes about 15% of the final blend, it is seen as a measure of insurance against poor cabernet sauvignon or merlot weather. Cabernet franc used to be planted almost as widely as cabernet sauvignon in Bordeaux well into the 60s, but cabernet sauvignon had swung into such favor that 30 years later it had twice the acreage of cabernet franc.

Cabernet franc tends to be lighter in color and tannins than cabernet sauvignon, with an earlier-maturing character. On Bordeaux's Right Bank, cabernet franc has a stronger foothold, and is best known as the dominant grape in the blend for the famed château, Cheval Blanc. It is the most widely planted red varietal in the Loire, where it yields lighter wines, like Chinon, with distinct herbal overtones. US cabernet francs are still largely in the experimental stage; there is a huge spectrum of interpretations, from heavy Napa wines to lighter styles from the East Coast.

Cabernet Franc is noted for its deep ruby red color and peppery, spicy character. It has moderate tannins and good acidity. Generally a Cabernet Franc should be consumed with some age - at least five years - while the finest versions drink well for more than twenty years.

Pair Cabernet Franc with hearty foods such as wild game, game birds and roasts.