Full Review

King Estate

King Estate
2018 Weinbau Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Wahluke Slope

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Pork Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
Organically Grown Grapes
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$54

King Estate
2018 Weinbau Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Wahluke Slope

Pair this wine with:
Beef Lamb Pork Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of cherry mint chocolate bar, frosted banana cake, hint of resin and latex, and herbal lozenge with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, subtle, long finish with nuances of plum tart a la mode, apple pie, and spiced nuts with fine tannins and moderate oak flavor. A toothsome, true-to-typicity Cabernet Franc with ample fruit, lush oak, bright acidity, and pinpoint balance.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, New World, Rich & Full & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: cherry mint chocolate bar, frosted banana cake, hint of resin and latex, and herbal lozenge
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with nuances of plum tart a la mode, apple pie, and spiced nuts
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-6 years on its own
Recipes Pairing: Ham With Mostarda, Lamb Curry, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A toothsome, true-to-typicity Cabernet Franc with ample fruit, lush oak, bright acidity, and pinpoint balance.

The Producer

King Estate Winery

The Producer
80854 Territorial Hwy
Eugene, OR 97405
USA
1 541-942-9874

Their Portfolio

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92 King Estate 2019 Four Nobles Cuvee Blanc, Willamette Valley 13% (USA) $30.00.
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91 King Estate 2022 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 13.5% (USA) $30.00.
89 King Estate 2021 Domaine, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 13.0% (USA) $70.00.
92 King Estate 2022 Domaine, Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley 13.5% (USA) $30.00.
88 King Estate 2019 Brut Cuvée, Willamette Valley 12.5% (USA) $40.00.
92 King Estate 2023 Rosé, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 13.5% (USA) $20.00.
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Cabernet Franc

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Cabernet Franc is a parent of Cabernet Sauvignon, and 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.