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2013 Jackalope Wine Cellars Cabernet franc

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2013 Jackalope Wine Cellars Applegate Valley Quady North Vineyard Cabernet franc2013 Jackalope Wine Cellars Cabernet franc

Quady North Vineyard
Applegate Valley sub AVA
Southern Oregon AVA
Oregon
less than 70 cases produced

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ackalope Wine Cellars is a one man show run by easy-going Corey Schuster. In many ways, naming the winery Jackalope was a tribute to Ray, his older Nebraskan cousin who used to try to convince him that the elusive animal was real. Sadly, Corey’s cousin died young but left an indelible mark on Corey’s heart…and his skin too– Corey sports a jackalope tattoo as a forever reminder.

A “graduate” of Portland’s SE Wine Collective, Jackalope Wine Cellars is now made at Day Camp, a shared winery space in Willamette Valley’s Dundee. The new digs are roomier, allowing Corey to increase his total production as well as the number of varietals he can produce. This year he made Viognier, two Pinot noirs, Cabernet sauvignon and Cabernet franc.

Ok, now on to the Jackalope Cabernet franc, which by the way, is a seriously lovely wine! Corey chose to ferment ⅓ of the grapes whole cluster, stems and all, while destemming the other two-thirds. Fermenting some or all of the grapes as whole cluster generally imparts more tannins into the finished wine and is one of the many tools at a winemaker’s disposal.

The remarkable purple color of this wine might steal your heart so be forewarned. On the nose we found an wonderful array of scents– everything from violets and blueberries to baking spices and bacon fat. We even got a whiff of freshly cooked tortilla chips (of all things!) Once we tasted this wine, we found so many wonderful flavors, including black cherries, blackberries and rhubarb. Tart, bright acidity with tannins that make your taste buds stand up to attention, this Cabernet franc finishes with a big cinnamon kiss.

Pair this wine with al pastor enchiladas smothered in molé sauce, butternut squash ravioli cooked in brown butter and sage or kobé beef sliders.

SRP $27.

www.jackalopewinecellars.com

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  1. Mary Reply

    Thanks for putting this one my radar. I love me some Oregon Cab Franc. With such small production do you know where I can find it locally? Or is just via the winery?

    • Michele Francisco
      Michele Francisco Reply

      Hi Mary- I think it’s still available at the SE Wine Collective. If not, I would definitely reach out to Corey via social media. He lives here in town so you might even be able to coordinate personal delivery?

  2. Marlynn @ UrbanBlissLife Reply

    Every time I see the word “jackalope” I think of the Jackalope bar in Austin, TX. 🙂 I do love a deep Oregon Cab Franc so I will have to check this out.

  3. Rachel Lloyd Reply

    What a cute label! Ha I know I shouldn’t judge based on a label, buttt it is! ha. So cute and sounds tasty as well.

  4. Kelley Reply

    I’m really sensitive to that fatty taste in wine (not my thing), but I love this bittersweet backstory. What a nice homage.

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