Cloudlift Cellars 2009 Ascent

February 13, 2013 

Appellation: Columbia Valley

Tom Stangeland is a craftsman with high-quality furniture, and he brings that artistry to his winemaking. He now makes about 400 cases of wine in his Georgetown neighborhood studio in Seattle, and this wine is from his first commercial release. This Bordeaux-style blend leads with Cabernet Franc (72 percent) from Alder Ridge Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills, and it is a complex and captivating wine. It offers aromas of anise, herbs and red fruit tones, followed by deep, stylish flavors of cherries, moist earth and smoked jerky. (13.7 percent alcohol)

Price: $23.

Cases produced: 64.

Food matches: Bright acidity and modest tannins make this a great wine for osso bucco, chicken marsala or lasagna.

Cloudlift Cellars, 312 S. Lucile St., Seattle, 206-622-2004, www.cloudlift.net.

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