2012 Final Exam Cabernet Franc


At entry you will experience raspberry and red currant fruits as well as the classic herbal notes. Then it leads into a smooth creamy finish of vanilla and cherry. Enjoy the wine on its own or pair with pork dishes, chicken marinara, or some backyard bratwursts.

Gold Medal 2015 Seattle Wine Awards

 Technical Information
Alder Ridge Vineyard Aging: 17 months French Oak
 100% Cab Franc pH: @Bottling 3.78  @Harvest 3.65
Columbia Valley AVA TA: @Bottling 0.62g/100mL
Only 22 cases produced RS: 0%
Alcohol: 14.63% vol


Alder Ridge Vineyard

Horse Heaven Hills Planted Vineyard Acres: 800+ Alder Ridge is one of the state’s largest and most coveted vineyards, on a rolling plain set atop a steep bluff above the Columbia River. Its first vines were planted 1997. Natural wind and air drainage protects the vines from the dramatic weather changes, both in the summer and winter. Alder Ridge is known for exceptional long hang time, with a moderating effect of the river on summer heat spikes and winter freezes, giving the Cabernet for which the vineyard is known tougher skins and firm tannins.

Planted Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Syrah, and specialty vines totaling 28 varieties, including some of Washington’s most sought-after Rhone varieties.

Soil: Bone-dry desert averaging four inches of annual rainfall. Sandy soil.

Topography: Elevation ranges from 300 to 1,000 feet. South facing, differing slopes offer a wide range of exposure offerings. Considered a warmer vineyard site, it is usually one of the last vineyards to be picked, mostly because of the dramatic dips in temperature at night in fall.