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2018 Cabernet Franc Rose

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WINEMAKER NOTES

SMELLS LIKE:  cotton candy, fresh mountain strawberry, hint of rose petal
TASTES LIKE:  strawberry freezer jam, bright fruit, brilliant acidity on the finish
MOUTHFEEL:  super fresh and bright with soft, lush mid-palate full of fruit
DRINK WITH:  brunch, lunch & dinner, with friends on the deck & in the pool

THE 2018 VINTAGE

We had one of the coldest Aprils, but then one of the warmest Mays on record. Bloom began in late May, and conditions were ideal. This, along with cooler June weather, contributed to above average berry and cluster sizes in some varietals. 

July and August temperatures were warm, with occasional heat spikes. As in recent years, there was smoke in the air at times from distant wildfires but no taint has been noticed. By the second week of August we cooled off considerably ushering in one of the most ideal ripening seasons in recent history, and we saw near perfect conditions throughout the rest of harvest. Below average days in September were followed by cool nights with large diurnal swings. That's absolutely ideal. Our harvest wrapped up on October 15th and the wines are very well balanced with great fruit expression. 

In the 2018 vintage we had the right weather in the right order. You should make room in your cellar for some fantastic wines from this vintage. Big color, big flavors, and balanced tannins. A harvest to remember, indeed! 

VITICULTURE

100% estate; sustainably farmed.
Founding member of VINEA.

WINE SPECIFICS

VARIETALS:  100% Cabernet Franc
VINEYARDS:  100% Walla Walla Valley
APPELLATION:  72% Summit View, 28% Waliser
OAK PROGRAM:  100% Stainless Steel
HARVEST DATES:  9/17-9/19/2018
FINISHED ALCOHOL: 13.9%
PRODUCTION:  482 cases

2018 Cabernet Franc Rose

92 Points
Washington Wine Blog / International Wine Report: "The 2018 Amavi Rose is a stunning new wine made by Jean-Francois Pellet. Highly perfumed on the nose, this takes on bright starfruit, kiwi and strawberry puree aromas that all collide in the glass. The palate shows a beautiful, soft texture. White peach, guava and suggestions of teaberry with cran-cherry accents round out this outstanding, stand alone Rose. Enjoy this at a slightly warmer temperature for more complexity. Drink 2019-2025. -Owen Bargreen"