Appellation: Lake Chelan
Cab Franc tends to be overlooked in favor of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, but Washington winemakers and grape growers are proving their resilience with the late ripener and are producing some gorgeous reds. This is a generous version, with aromas of cloves, black pepper and Rainier cherries, followed by flavors of cherries, raspberries, underlying sweet herbs and spices backed by rustic tannins. Rated Outstanding by Wine Press Northwest magazine. (14.5 percent alcohol)
Cases produced: 176.
Food matches: Pair with lasagna, veal or pork chops.
Hard Row to How Vineyards, 300 Ivan Morse Road, Manson, 509-687-3000, www.hardrow.com. Wine Press Northwest