We had an opportunity to sample this specific wine (among many others) when we met with Andy Myer (Goldback), the assistant winemaker at Weisinger Winery during our appointment at the winery in Ashland’s Bear Creek Valley region of the Rogue Valley. In fact, we have since gleefully retasted, as we were compelled to bring a case home with us.
In April we spent two weeks exploring the Rogue Valley AVA and its sub-regions in southern Oregon. The Rogue Valley AVA has always lived in the shadows of the famous Willamette Valley to the north. However, trust me the Rogue Valley is a serious, emerging region, that will not continue to fly under everyone’s radar. Instead of specializing in one or two particular varietals, the region’s multitude of microclimates and soil types allows greater diversity and success with numerous varieties.
Considered “Reserve” quality. Great transparency and a purity of perfectly ripened fruit. Aromas of dark berry-cherries, olives, cedar, cocoa, with nuances of orange zest and exotic spices. Similar flavors repeat and are layered in depth and concentration. Medium bodied with superb balance and structure. Finely tuned with integrated tannins gliding seamlessly across the mid-palate. Elegant and refined! Tapering vapor trail-like finish. 100% Cabernet Franc. Indigenous yeast fermentation. 22 months in American oak (20% new). 126 cases produced.
“Here’s a tip: when released in the Spring of ‘22, Weisinger’s 2019 Cabernet Franc will rank as one of the best made in the West Coast.” – The Rogue Valley’s Diverse Wines, Norm Roby – December 29, 2021.