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RAM Cellars 2014 Alder Ridge Vineyard Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, $25
"Portland-based Rodger Marks, inspired by an experience on Red Mountain at Kiona Vineyards, went onto a winemaking education through Washington State University. His red wine program relies on Alder Ridge Vineyard in Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills, and this work with Cabernet Franc is a product of his debut commercial vintage."
"Of the six classic red Bordeaux grape varieties, it seems that interest in Cabernet Franc is on the rise in the Pacific Northwest. More is being planted, being used in blends, and being bottled as a stand-alone wine.
In 2016, Washington state winemakers brought in 4,300 tons of Cabernet Franc. That’s up a bit from the previous harvest and up nearly 1,000 tons from a decade ago."
"There must be something about the Spanish setting out to conquer the New World. The Conquistadors butchered their way through the Americas and left a massive mark on Latin American cultures that are still felt today. Today the Spanish are slowly conquering New World wine through their most notable grape, Tempranillo."