Voix de la Vigne Cabernet Franc 2019
It’s no secret that Bordeaux varieties thrive in the hills of Washington state, and Red Mountain is becoming one the country’s most up-and-coming AVAs for anyone seeking out wines of superb concentration and sense of place.
Voix de la Vigne was an idea that started due to key relationships with farmers, and has turned into one of the more impressive brands that put premium fruit as the focus without letting price get in the way. With fruit sourced from key vineyards throughout the Red Mountain appellation, Voix de la Vigne’s Cabernet Franc is one of the best values we’ve ever tasted, and has a little secret up its sleeve that only sweetens the deal.
That secret is Sarah Hedges, winemaker of the legendary Hedges Family Estate. Her family has called Red Mountain home since 1987, and there is no better person to spirit the soul of this esteemed locale in liquid form. She also happens to know everyone there, and trust us when we say the fruit for this offering comes from some of the greatest plots of dirt throughout the appellation. It’s one of the benefits of being an insider, JEB DUNNUCK IS A HUGE FAN OF SARAH’S WORK, as many of the bottles that bear her name are donner with low to mid 90-point scores and consistently rank as some of the best pound for pound wines in the region.
And without further ado, let’s dig into what we’re all here to read about. The juice!
Expressive and intoxicating aromas of cassis, wild blackberries, dark chocolate, violets, saddle leather, cloves and coffee stimulate the senses, only to be outdone by a full and rounded palate loaded with bright, intense fruits, toasted hazelnuts, lush cocoa powder, and a spicy finish that are both hallmarks of the region and Sarah’s style. Classic in every way, but with a modern twist that’s sure to please any lover of Napa Valley Cabernet without having to call the bank for a loan.
The more we dip into this bottle, the more we’re BLOWN AWAY BY IT. It’s the generous gift that keeps on giving, and with time in the glass, evolves and expands beautifully with supreme complexity, depth and dimension. Cabernet Franc deserves this kind of attention, and this wine is perfect for those who love the plush profile of domestic reds, but will also please those who seek our red with an older world vibe. It’s one of those wines that simply makes you smile, and continues to give and give with every sip.
Big, rich and red… what’s not to love?!?!? The dinner bell is ringing… we hope you’ve left some room for your liquid dessert!