2016 Bookwalter Cabernet Franc Suspense Conner-Lee Vineyard

Year: 2016
Appellation: Red Mountain, Columbia Valley
Country: USA - Washington
James Suckling: 90
Jeb Dunnuck: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.8%
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85% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot

"There’s a wealth of sweet berries and flowers on the nose, as well as bracken and leaves. The palate has a very smooth and open-knit feel with ripe blue fruit and berries in abundance. Soft and approachable. Drink now." (JS)

"Tobacco, crushed flowers, mint, and cedar notes all emerge from the 2016 Cabernet Franc Suspense, which is a blend of mostly Cabernet Franc blended with 15% Merlot. Possessing medium to full body, nicely integrated acidity, and terrific purity of fruit, it's another seamless wine from this estate that can be enjoyed today or cellared for over a decade." (JD)

Winery Notes:
Vineyard Notes:
Vintage 2016 was early and hot from Spring through the summer. Due to this early flowering, we could plan on the early harvest of fully ripe Cabernet Franc. The summer weather made for a large crop of excellent ripe quality, like the great vintage of 1989 in Bordeaux. We thinned our fruit crop intensely in the summer to concentrate the flavors on this clearly excellent vintage. Be harvest the results were in as Conner Lee Vineyard yielded beautiful color and aromatics again in the vintage fruits. With our rigorous growing of ripe drop harvested on time, 2016 from our vintage matches our house style of rich and smooth reds age-worthy for decades.

Winemaker Notes:
"We harvested with the finest sorting machines made today, the Pellenc Selectif harvesters, which pick all our ripe blocks of Cabernet Franc on the same day. We fermented traditionally in small tow and four-ton fermenters mixing by hand for 20 days developing beautiful extraction of flavors and tannins. Fermentation finished in puncheons and traditional Bordeaux barrels. We aged on lees in a modern style developing savory tones complimentary to the powerful fruit. After 15 months, we blended and bottled our favorite fragrant Cabernet Franc puncheon with a couple ideal savory Merlot puncheons into this vibrant and youthful blend. Unfined and yeast filtered for clarity at bottling, this rich wine will age for a decade or more. Enjoy with a host of foods throughout the seasons." - Caleb Foster, Winemaker