Januik Winery - Cabernet Franc - Weinbau Vineyard 2018
Januik Winery was founded by Mike and Caroline Januik in 1999, the realization of a dream that took hold in 1980 when the couple sold their wine shop in Oregon so Mike could study winemaking at UC Davis. After graduation, the Januiks moved to Washington to be closer to family. In 1984, Mike worked his first vintage and quickly became a leading winemaker in the state's nascent wine scene. Utilizing his relationships with growers throughout the Columbia Valley, Mike acquires the best grapes the region has to offer that are then crafted into acclaimed wines of great finesse and balance.
Januik's Cabernet Franc comes from the Weinbau Vineyard, one of the oldest vineyards around Mattawa in the Columbia Valley, known for its particularly fine silty loam soils that provide good drainage and heat retention. The wine is aged for 19 months and new and one-use French oak barrels and racked every 5 months to increase its supple texture. A small dose (10%) of Cabernet Sauvignon is added to increase length. Deep ruby color with purple highlights and aromas of blueberry, raspberry, licorice and spice. The palate has soft, elastic tannis with incredible depth, balance and persistence. Enjoy with spice-rubbed, grilled beef.