2008 Three Rivers Cabernet Franc – Review

By Duane Pemberton
Winery website:  http://www.threeriverswinery.com

Cabernet Franc – when done well – is still one of my favorite reds and is clearly still way under the “radar” of most wine drinkers and I find that highly unfortunate. This 2008 from Three Rivers winery retails for $39 and offers quite a bit of flavor – let’s dig into it.

Technical Data:

  • Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Franc
  • Appellation: Wahluke Slope
  • PH: 3.57
  • Barrel Aging: 16 Months in 100% French Oak – 33% New Barrels’
  • Fermentation: 100% Complete Malolactic
  • Bottling Date: Feb 2010
  • Tannin: 0.58g/100ml
  • Alcohol %: 14.7
  • Price: $39

Nose: Spiced cherries, raspberry, licorice, pencil lead, plums and black truffle.

Taste: Still a very young-tasting wine that really should be decanted or blended. Good red fruit that combines with a healthy dose of black truffles, forest floor and plumsauce with black peppercorn. The mid palate has sturdy tannin and good acids and the finish hangs out pretty good but not quite as long as I’d prefer.

W.E.P. Rating: 85%

  • MelanieLeathers

    Duane, I really like this Cabernet Franc. It’s from Weinbau vineyard, right? ~ Melanie L.

  • http://www.winefoot.com Duane Pemberton

    Yes it is..