Wine Review: 2010 Seven of Hearts Chateau Figareaux Cabernet Franc

Seven of Hearts Chateau Figareaux Cabernet Franc

Seven of Hearts Chateau Figareaux: First, I have to say I am a huge fan of Cabernet Franc and this one from the Columbia Valley AVA has moved to the top of my list for this variety produced domestically. Seven of Hearts Chateau Figareaux is a small producer here in Willamette Valley who is becoming well known one bottle at a time. There is a lot going on in this bottle and it is anxiously awaiting being poured into your glass so it can strut its stuff. This variety when produced in the Northwest does not amplify the dusty sometimes-harsh tannins associated with this grape when it is produced in other growing regions.

In the glass, dark blue floral aromas emanate and mingle with the smell of brown baking spices. Soft supple and luscious with loads of red fruit there is a tantalizing taste sensation as the wine cascades across the palate. 98 case production.

Rating: Excellent (92) | $29 | 14.3% ABV


About the Author:

Marc has held almost every position in the food & wine industry and is committed to Celebrating Hospitality with Pride. In addition to being the co-founder and editor-at-large for Enobytes, Marc is a wine blogger contributor to (Wine Bytes) and writes the Wine Knowledge column in the print magazine About Face. The Contra Costa County Times, San Jose Mercury News, Tacoma Times Tribune and Washington Post have either interviewed or quoted Marc on his viniferous and culinary opinions. Marc has also appeared on Portland's "Vine Time" on News Radio 750 KXL and on California's Central Coast "From the Growing of the Grape to the Glass" on KUHL-AM 1410. He is also the author of A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy. While continuing to tenaciously search for what he may finally proclaim as his favorite wine Marc is relentless in his quest for the ultimate food and wine experience.


  1. steve gevurtz January 13, 2013 at 3:47 PM - Reply

    thanks for the heads up on this! just at the tasting room a few weeks ago and they were out of cab franc! try their lia’s vineyard pinot. so pretty!

    • enobytes January 14, 2013 at 12:45 PM - Reply

      Thanks for the heads up on the CF and Pinot Steve!

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