2013 Bookwalter Cabernet Franc Suspense Conner-Lee Vineyard

Year: 2013
Appellation: Red Mountain, Columbia Valley
Country: USA - Washington
Wine Spectator: 88
Wine Advocate: 92
Wine Enthusiast: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.8%
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"Ripe and smoky, with a charred edge to the red fruit flavors, finishing with spicy oak notes that meld with the fruit on a long finish. Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2021. 413 cases made.–HS " (WS)

"Reminiscent of a classy Pomerol, the 2013 Suspense checks in as a mix of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc that’s from an old vine selection (all from the Conner Lee Vineyard) and was raised all in puncheons. Leafy herbs, cedar, lead pencil shavings and plenty of dark currant and plum fruit give way to a medium to full-bodied, rich, nicely textured 2013 that has ripe tannin and a great finish. Drink it over the coming decade." (WA)

"Freshly brewed coffee, green herbs, graphite and dark fruit aromas leap up from this blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc. The flavors are sweet, with a soft, lush feel." (WE)

Winery Notes:
With aromatics of rose and cherries, its nose holds you in suspense. The blacker fruits of Merlot and red fruit flavors of Cabernet Franc are generous. The outstanding 2013 vintage reveals ripe cherries, wild raspberries and cassis wrapped with dusty, alluvial minerals, baker’s chocolate, sweet thyme and subtle hints of dried roses and toasty oak. This wine shows the core strengths of Washington’s warm vintages.