2020 Division-Villages "Béton"
American Red Blend
Cabernet Franc (46%), Gamay Noir (13%), Pinot Noir (11%) ,Côt (22%) & Cabernet Sauvignon (8%)
The Applegate Valley AVA in southern Oregon has become a favorite for us due to its unique granitic bedrock and microclimate - warmer and drier than
the Willamette Valley, but cooler and wetter than the greater Rogue Valley to the east.
The Applegate has proved to us to be a perfect region for the Loire clones of Cabernet Franc we have come to love so much. Herb Quady is one of the best
growers in the region, if not the state, who is doing all the right things for the terroir there, including organic farming techniques and very well thought out
and judicious irrigation use. His own Quady North Vineyard and the Serra Vineyard, which he also helps farm, sit in the hills above the Applegate river.
We anchor our Béton blend with Cabernet Franc from both of these vineyards, as well as the Côt (AKA Loire Malbec) portion from the Serra Vineyard.
The Gamay component comes from Methven Family Vineyard, in the Willamette Valley, as well as a the Pinot Noir from a rising star, Cassin Vineyard, also in the Willamette Valley. New this year to the blend is a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from the Carousel vineyard in Yakima, that just seemed to take the final wine to 11.
We love the Touraine rouge cuvée wines from the Loire that are typically served as bistro wines in Paris, and refer to them as inspiration for our
“Béton” blend. We attribute the success of our red blend, now in it’s ninth vintage, to the desire of so many to have an intriguing and food friendly, yet
never overly heavy or boozy, red wine as a mainstay at the dinner table.