Spring Valley Vineyard Walla Walla Washington, Katherine Corkrum 2011 Cabernet Franc, $34.99-$42.99, 91 points, poured a deep strawberry red with an orange hue toward the glass shallows and the broad clear wine ring.
Aromas of black and blue fruit with a dominant strawberry were lovely.
The medium-plus body was all about texture; silky, satiny, and luscious are descriptors I'd use in defining the most striking characteristic of this Cab-Franc, but good acidity with grainy supportive tannin added sufficient structure so as to banish the thought of any sloppiness.
Flavors mostly mirrored the aromas, but black currant, savory, and oak added needed complexity.
Finished long on a well integrated 14.1% alcohol, a slightly tart red cherry, spiced with white pepper, and a hint of mint.
Varietals were 90% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec, and 5% Petit Verdot (Bordeaux styled red wine).
The significance of name "Katherine Corkrum" is discovered on the back label, and gives historic gravitas as she came from Wales in 1897, and married Uriah Corkrum. . .
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