2007 Sheridan Vineyard Cabernet Franc & L’Orage

Hello friends. We have two wines today from one of Washington’s rising-star vignerons, and we’re currently the only source for these wines in the Seattle market.

Sheridan’s Scott Greer purchased his Yakima Valley vineyard (Rattlesnake Hills if you want to be really precise) in 1996, and his first harvest was in 2000. A self-trained winemaker, he has spent the past decade honing his craft, both in the vineyard and the winery. These efforts have paid incredible dividends in the past few years, as the maturation of his vines (here is a picture snapped during my last visit to the vineyard) has dovetailed with Scott’s evolution as a winemaker.

The result has been a relentless climb in quality and, correspondingly, in accolades.

From my perspective, Scott has also reached a point where he has established a consistent house style. Sheridan wines are richly fruited and lushly textured, unabashedly generous and unapologetically new-world in style. When I have been geeking out on one too many Austrian Blaufrankischs, it’s nice to open a bottle of Sheridan and remember one of wine’s finest qualities: the ability to give sensory pleasure.

2007 Sheridan Vineyard Cabernet Franc

This was the highest-rated Washington Cab Franc in Wine Advocate this year. 100% varietal, it has enough herbal and poblano nuances to announce itself as Franc, but the silky mouthfeel and richness can only be new-world.

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (Jay Miller): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 94pts.”

2007 Sheridan Vineyard L’Orage

We offered the 2006 vintage in March, and the blend remains the same in 2007: about two-thirds Cab and one-third Cab Franc. Traditionally Sheridan’s flagship wine, this shows off the layer-cake quality of good, Yakima Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. There is berry here, and cassis, and stone fruit, and tropical fruit. And all of that delicious fruit is framed by Cab Franc tobacco leaf and exotic spice from good French oak.

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (Jay Miller): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 95pts.”

Please limit order requests to 2 bottles of Cab Franc and 3 bottles of L’Orage. We’ll do our best to fulfill all requests, and we should have the wines in the warehouse in 1-2 weeks, at which point they will be available for pickup or shipping during the spring shipping window.

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