This month, we turn to Cabernet Franc as we compare wines from Washington with those from around the globe. A parent of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc is mostly grown in Bordeaux for blending, but also stands alone as a single varietal in the Loire, where it is known as Breton. In the United States, it is still primarily grown for use in Meritage (Bordeaux-style blend). Here in Washington, Cab Franc offers further proof that we can grow just about anything. How does Washington’s Cab Franc compare to one from France?
Dolcetto is a varietal that’s not on very many people’s radar, especially in Washington. It’s a black wine grape primarily grown in the Piedmont region of Italy. Even though it’s typically a dry wine, the name means “little sweet one,” and they tend to be tannic, fruit-driven wines.
For the first round of Washington vs. The World, two Dolcettos face off. In this corner wearing a white label with a red tree on it, weighing in at 14.0% alcohol: 2006 Cantina del Pino Dolcetto d’Alba from the Piedmont region of Italy. And in this corner, the challenger wearing a white label with a river and bridge, weighing in at 14.2% alcohol: 2007 Kyra Dolcetto from Wahluke Slope.