Daven Lore Winery 2014 The Apprentice Cabernet Franc, Yakima Valley, $45

Founding winemaker/owner Gordon Taylor gives full credit to Sonya Simmons — his apprentice of more than two years — for the production of these two barrels of Cabernet Franc from Gary Groves’ Cordon Grove Vineyard nearby in Prosser, Wash. Enticing aromas of salted chocolate, black cherry and minerality includes pinches of lavender and rose petal. Inside, it is velvety and luscious as Bing cherry and plum flavors are met by tannins that offer only finesse. Sweet herbs and dark boysenberry make for a delicious finish. Suggested pairings include baked brie with caramelized onion, Beef Medallions with Port sauce, roasted pork with dried cherry compote or Chukar Cherries.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 53 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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