Terra Blanca Arch Terrace Cabernet Franc 2012

Terra Blanca Tasting Room, $65


Aaron: Bright strawberries and sunflowers made for a pleasant nose.  The prominent chocolate is surrounded by blueberries and creamy blackberries.  This is very appealing and easy to drink.  Not a lot of earth but a hint of wet tree bark from a hiking trail.  Really good.  91 points

Teri: This is a good medium bodied wine but not something I would drink every day due to the price point. Flavors of currant, mild strawberry, rhubarb, and soft white pepper are prominent but enjoyable. Smooth tannins. 88 points


Cougar Crest Cabernet Franc 2009


Purchased from the Cougar Crest Tasting Room, $35

Wine Awards for this Cabernet Franc

Aaron: This had an earthy, vegetable nose with tomato and peppers.  Medium bodied with bright, earthy fruits.  It definitely needed to calm down a little right out of the bottle to subdue the peppery finish.  After a while, with some air, the strawberries and blueberries started to pop out.  89 points

Teri: Juicy cherry and chocolate covered raspberry on the nose are greeted by great and unique flavor on the wine. I taste cherry, rhubarb, and oak first which then blends into vanilla and blackberry pie. Hearty tannins but extremely smooth! Winning bottle. 93 points 

Van Camp Cabernet Franc Rose 2016

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Available from Van Camp Cellars, $19.99

Aaron:  I’m not a huge rose fan but this is pretty solid.  Flowers, bark, and bourbon lead to a full flavor with good body.  The flavor is pretty simple: strawberries, strawberries, and more strawberries.  90 points

Teri: This is a darker rose with rich but refreshing flavors. It carries a blend of vegetable (mostly bell pepper) and strawberry with some light cherry. Medium body and tannins for a rose but still great with a variety of dishes or just to enjoy on its own. 88 points 

Van Camp Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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Van Camp Website, $35

Aaron:  Another great Van Camp bottle.  Dark blackberries with olives and smoke on the nose.  A juicy, full flavor makes me know I’m drinking one of Jim’s wines.  The finish is full of smooth vanilla which is a perfect complement to the prominent but not overpowering oak.  91 points

Teri: Juicy nose of raspberry and cinnamon. Flavors of baking spices, red apple, and chocolate covered cherries. Medium tannins and a smooth but full finish. This wine is hearty but not overly heavy and would pair well with rich creamy sauces and meat dishes. One of the best so far from Van Camp (our favorite local small winery).  90 points