2012 Crossings Winery Zabala Vineyard Cabernet Franc, Snake River Valley, Idaho

The grapes from Idaho enjoy warm days and cool nights in rich soil derived from weathered sediment from the ancient Lake Idaho.  Vineyards in the Snake Valley are flat, with altitudes ranging from 2100-3400 feet, surrounded by mountains. Red wines from the region are often harmonious and balanced, often showcasing old world charm. And this one certainly fits the profile.

This Cabernet France is a light and pretty style, with complex yet subtle layers of raspberry, cranberry and clove. It finishes long and strong. And because of its prettiness, it makes for a perfect food wine, with endless pairing possibilities. Crack open a bottle and try it with anything roasted, stewed or grilled. Another great option—cheese! Brie, Emmental, Gouda, or Chèvre would be a fantastic paring. 3,000 case production.

Good | $19 | 12.5% ABV


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Editor and co-founder of Enobytes.com, Pamela is a sommelier and former restaurant manager and wine buyer with Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), Court of Master Sommeliers & Center for Wine Origins certification. She has contributed to or been quoted by various publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Sommelier Journal, Vegetarian Times, VIV Magazine, UC-Berkeley Astrobiology News, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, NPR and USA Today. True to her roots, she seeks varietal and appellation integrity and is always passionate about finding the next great bottle of wine.

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