Sheridan Cabernet Franc

I can still remember the first time I tasted Sheridan Vineyard Cabernet Franc. It was July of 2005. A coworker had brought the bottle of Cabernet Franc to a party. The fruit forward style of this Washington wine resonated with me so greatly that I was soon ordering some for our wine cellar.

Sheridan Vineyard, based in Yakima Valley, uses 100% estate grown Cabernet Franc for this bottling. Aging takes place over 26 months in 50% new oak and 50% one vintage old French oak barrels. At $40 a bottle it’s not one of our everyday wines. We always have some on hand, though.

The 2006 vintage of this Washington wine is ruby colored with a bright rim. It offers vanilla and raspberry on the nose. My first sip revealed the fruit forward character I know and love. At first there are cherries, then vanilla, leading up to a crescendo of pomegranate. After the wine had a chance to breathe a bit more, a peppery/spicey note revealed itself.

We opened this bottle to celebrate the hubby’s birthday. Looking for a food pairing for Cabernet Franc? Check out my blog deVine Table for our birthday dinner menu featuring truffled roast chicken.