Wooldridge Creek bottle

Wooldridge Creek

Cabernet Franc, 2014

When American Greg Paneitz was studying wine production in France, he dreamed about bringing his skills home. He traced his finger across a map from France, along the parallels, to Rogue Valley, Oregon—which he’d never heard of. When Greg and his wife, Kara—also a winemaker—eventually visited, they discovered a nascent wine industry. They became partners in Wooldridge Creek and began making Old World–style wines in America, thus fulfilling the dream.

Profile

Wooldridge Creek Cabernet Franc is the wine that’ll excite you about the variety. It’s fruitier and zestier than classic examples, which often taste and smell like green pepper.

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SWEETNESS
BODY
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APPEARANCE
Garnet
APPEARANCE
Garnet
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Blackberry
Earth
Maraschino cherry
Sage

Pairing

The calling card of these reds—like Cabernet Franc, Carménère and some Malbecs—is the herbal, smoky or even meaty flavors emerging from the fruitiness. The savory element makes these wines match well with roasted vegetables; the more fresh herbs in a recipe, the more harmonious each bite and sip.

TASTING TIP

Note the sage character in this wine, which makes it a great match with any dish topped by fresh herbs—especially sage, but also thyme or rosemary.

A bright red with a savory note is a good match; it'll add an herbal accent to each of the dish's primary flavors.

A bright red with a savory note is a good match; it'll add an herbal accent to each of the dish's primary flavors.

Uncork a zesty red with an herbal note to match the flavor of the broccoli and help cut the cheesy richness.

A fruity red with a savory or herbal note is a great choice for tomato-based pasta dishes, especially when veggies are involved.

A fruity red with a savory bite to it is also a good match for pizza, since it stands up to and complements the tangy sauce.

The dish marries fruity and herbal flavors, so pair it with a red-wine style that does exactly the same thing. Can't go wrong!

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More About The Wine

The Rogue Valley is a small, sunny region in Oregon’s southwest corner, not far from the border with California. It’s the Oregon you imagine—lush and green, where wildlife abounds (bears and bobcats often wander among the vines). The valley is blocked from the Pacific by a mountain range, so the weather stays mild year-round—perfect for both red and white grapes.

DID YOU KNOW?

Cabernet Franc is one of the parent grapes to Cabernet Sauvignon. The other is Sauvignon Blanc, hence the name Cabernet Sauvignon.

  • VARIETY
    Cabernet Franc
  • VINTAGE
    2014
  • VINEYARD
    Wooldridge Creek
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Rogue Valley, Oregon
  • OAK
    Stainless steel (no oak)
  • SOIL
    Various
  • ALCOHOL
    14.2%
  • FARMING
    Conventional

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