“Owen Roe 2007 “The Keeper” Cabernet Franc is truly a “keeper”. This deliciously large version of Cab Franc is smoother than Cabernet Sauvignon, less earthy than Merlot, approachable like Aussie Syrah and spicy like a smooth Zinfandel. There’s few options to pair this wine incorrectly…you’ll love it alone or with any meaty meal. There’s not much of it out there, however. You may have to visit the winery’s tasting room to find it!”
“Dominio IV 2005 Tempranillo (Midnight Skies”) provides a great chance to taste what this Spanish grape can do when grown in the Northwest. This may be the best Tempranillo I have tasted from Oregon. Aggressive dark fruit at the front drags you into a full-bodied, spicy and high-tannin ball buster. It’s worth the taste, but only next to some high-profile red meat fare. Try dramatically flavorful grills such as Cajun, Brazilian or Moroccan spices over sausage or rubbed roasts.”
Author: David Gray is an Examiner from Portland.