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Chinook Cab Franc 2011

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Tobacco, smoke, and herb stem aromas wrap around very fresh crushed raspberry fruit on the nose. This so clean, fresh and lusty on entry, it’s a small scaled wine in many ways, revealing the delicate side of Cabernet Franc with great clarity. Hints of minerality emerge on the palate along with subtle licorice framing notes that help to focus the slightly spicy strawberry fruit, which all leads to a refreshing, long, and pure fruit driven finish. There is nothing here that shouldn’t be here. Unfettered and eminently drinkable, this would be fabulous with a slight chill all summer long. 89pts

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Chinook Wines:
Since its inaugural vintage 26 years ago, Chinook Wines has been a cornerstone of the Prosser wine community. In 1983, the husband and wife team of Kay Simon and Clay Mackey combined their extensive experience in winemaking and viticulture with the goal of creating quintessential Yakima Valley wines. With Kay’s distinguished background in winemaking and Clay’s as a respected viticulturist, it i... Read more
Since its inaugural vintage 26 years ago, Chinook Wines has been a cornerstone of the Prosser wine community. In 1983, the husband and wife team of Kay Simon and Clay Mackey combined their extensive experience in winemaking and viticulture with the goal of creating quintessential Yakima Valley wines. With Kay’s distinguished background in winemaking and Clay’s as a respected viticulturist, it is the perfect marriage. Through consistency and a focus on quality, Chinook Wines has become synonymous with a limited amount of highly acclaimed dry wines produced from Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, Semillon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. You can get a glimpse of the time and care that goes into Chinook winemaking by simply stepping foot in the winery. For a winery of Chinook’s size, the equipment is carefully designed and reflects Kay and Clay’s strong winemaking background and focus. They have designed their winemaking process to be extremely efficient; while at the same time all incoming fruit is minimally processed. They believe that cleanliness in a winery is just as important as in your favorite restaurant kitchen. For them, winemaking is all about balancing the natural juxtaposition of sugar, acidity and flavor one finds in Yakima Valley grapes. Extraordinary attention is paid from the instant fruit arrives at Chinook to the moment a finished bottle leaves the winery for your table. On the average day at Chinook, if there is one, you’d be just as likely to meet Kay pouring in their tasting room or baking loaves of fresh bread as you would to find her racking a tank or putting together trials for a new blend. Clay could be on his way out the door to hand deliver a vanload of wine to the Seattle area, chatting with a local farmer, setting up for a bottling day, or working in the vineyard. The couple’s no nonsense approach to winemaking, grape growing and life in general endears them to all who cross their (busy) path. Their wines are truly a testimony to a winning partnership. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Chinook Cab Franc

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065220,734
4.00 5
03/05/2014

Tobacco, smoke, and herb stem aromas wrap around very fresh crushed raspberry fruit on the nose. This so clean, fresh and lusty on entry, it’s a small scaled wine in many ways, revealing the delicate side of Cabernet Franc with great clarity. Hints of minerality emerge on the palate along with subtle licorice framing notes that help to focus the slightly spicy strawberry fruit, which all leads to a refreshing, long, and pure fruit driven finish. There is nothing here that shouldn’t be here. Unfettered and eminently drinkable, this would be fabulous with a slight chill all summer long. 89pts


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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065220,734
4.50 5
03/05/2014

Four and a half glasses




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