Washington state may be the next big region for American wine. Maryhill Winery, based in Washington’s Columbia Valley, has been pumping out a dozen or so varietals for years now, and we got our hands on a few of the company’s recent bottles, including this 2005 Cabernet Franc.
This wine, black as squid ink (well, almost), is surprisingly lively for a wine this young. Showing intense tobacco, tar, and leather character, it’s a real powerhouse, proving again why most winemakers choose to blend with cabernet franc instead of bottle it at full strength.
Very dry, the wine cries for a rich and savory food pairing, and with a little fat alongside it some of the wine’s more fruit-based charms — cherry, blackberry — come out. A little licorice twist hints on the finish. Complicated wine, but definitely worth a look at this price.
B+ / $18 / maryhillwinery.com