Kevin Correll, Barrage Cellars
On this episode, we interview the Double Gold award winning Cab Franc magician, Kevin Correll of Barrage Cellars about his focused, Garagiste style of winemaking. His ready-to-drink wines are focused on soil composition and 100% varietals. We also ask Kevin about two peculiar label designs—a Riesling with a lone exclamation point and a Cab Franc called Cease and Desist.
Cabernet Franc obsession
One of our wine obsessions, Cabernet Franc, needs to be on your radar. We gathered a group of official tasters, OK, our wine loving friends, and they gave us feedback on ten Washington Francs. The results are revealed, as well as some entertaining tasting notes.
Wines we loved
Barrage Cellars | 2012 Cease and Desist Cabernet Franc
Guest notes: “Deep purple, long legs, spicy earthy, leather, tobacco, smoky, bold, long finish” “This is super well balanced and still has plenty of lively tannin and bright acid showing, it will develop for some time, Looooong finish”, “Bitter and chewy finish, pepperty front, I’d have this with an Americano on the side” One person said it “Smelled of roses, and tasted like Valentines Day”
Covington Cellars | 2013 Cabernet Franc
Guest notes: “Your non-judgemental friend, just loves you unconditionally,” “I like the mouth-feel and the sexy brick red/vampire blood color,” “Different, refined, hints of the barnyard,” “Medium clarity, tart, delightful acid, grapefruit notes, strawberry, light finish,” “Dry but smooth, some peppery nature at the middle sides of tongue, and good with chocolate,” “Would be ideal with a red-sauce pasta,” but it “may need to lay down for a bit for full potential, I like it more every time I go back. #chameleon”
Tranche Cellars | 2012 Cabernet Franc
Guest notes: “Light, refined, and understated in a good way with balanced Tannins,” “Long finish, very good,” “Earthy, peaty, smoky, tangy … but smooth, and … TANGY!” “Large, grass-forward nose. Very full bodied, to the point of being occasionally overwhelming,” “This is nearing the sweet spot, well balanced and well integrated, not fancy … just good,” “Good with food like a hunk of cow.”
Bartholomew Winery | 2014 Cabernet Franc
Guest notes: ”Sneak attack cat,” “It’s like Johnny Depp: You think it will be nothing then it surprises you in a most pleasant way,” “It’s Gooot,” “Up front, aggressive tannis. Red fruit on top followed by subtle dark fruit,” “Slightly earthy. Full, balanced, excellent with Chocolate.”
Barrister Winery | 2014 Cabernet Franc
Guest notes: “Smells yummy! Candied rose petals, I judge thee delicioso!,” “Would work with a salmon dish, cheesecake or chocolate,” “Complex blend, peppery, black currant and toasted wood,” ”Reddish/garnet in color, brambly, earthy, expressive nose, solid tannins, strong finish but needs more time,” “Smooth after second sip,” “Perfumed with violet floral notes, tart cherry candy moves up in this one, very fine, but aggressive tannin for me.”