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Wine Advocate 93-95 points: "Tasted out of barrel, the 2012 Boss Block is slightly darker in color and gives up classic smoked herbs, dried flowers and cured meat-like aromas and flavors that are grounded by a core of dark fruit. Full-bodied, rich and layered, with a stacked mid-palate and a gorgeous texture, this superb effort will have 10 to 15 years of longevity."

2011 vintage notes, Wine Advocate 91-93 points: "...the 2011 Boss Block (100% Cabernet Franc) is more perfumed and fragrant than the 2010, with pretty red and black fruits, underbrush, pepper, flowers and chocolate-like qualities to with a medium to full-bodied, rich and elegant texture."

Deep black center leading to a vibrant purple rim. This extremely aromatic wine delivers appealing savory components of lavender, fresh thyme and Szechuan pepper mingling with explosive black tea, cardamom and blackberry aromas. Plump and juicy black fig abounds upfront leading to allspice, cocoa and almond paste. The tannins are quite fine making for an immediately approachable wine. The finish is smooth, refined and beguiling for such a young wine. Flavors of bittersweet chocolate and Chinese 5 spice balance the structure and length leaving you begging for more. This wine will age gracefully for 10-15 years - the winery

2009 Vintage

Wine Advocate 95-98 Points! -

The 2009 Cabernet Franc which had been blended only 3 weeks previously was aged in 40% new oak and is likely to be bottled in December, 2011. It, too, displays plenty of herb and spice box aromas, a succulence that is impressive, a velvety texture, and exceptional length. - Jay Miller

If I have to pick a Cab Franc to change people's minds about Cab Franc, I look to Sheridan. It is exotic, heady and plush while keeping the distinct Cab Franc character. I wish it was available for more of the year - I'd be making Cab Franc converts all year long. - Marcus

below, Sheridan Vineyard

The intense Scott Greer is one of Washington's rising stars. His wines are all sourced from estate vineyards which are just now starting to come into maturity. He keeps yields low and the farming and winemaking are impeccable. He has recently opened a tasting and sales room in the Seattle area which should improve access to his wines. Sheridan's newest collection begins at "outstanding" and rises from there. In addition, the two entry-level wines are superb values. There is really no mystery as to what Scott Greer is doing at Sheridan; total attention to detail, a great vineyard, impeccable farming, and non-interventionist winemaking. - Wine Advocate

2008 Vintage

2008 Wine Advocate - 93 points - The 2008 Cabernet Franc (100%) from a vintage Greer considers to be "classically structured" spent 24 months in 50% new oak. Notes of dried herbs and spices, incense, cherry blossom, cassis, and black currant inform the nose of an already complex, ripe, savory wine with an elegant personality. Velvety, layered, and long, it will evolve for 2-3 years and drink well through 2023. - Jay Miller

2007 Vintage

2007 Wine Advocate - 94 points - The 2007 Cabernet Franc (100%) was harvested at 2.2 tons and aged in 75% new French oak for 26 months. Purple/black in color, it offers up an exotic array of herbs, olives, licorice, espresso, Asian spices, black currant, and blackberry. Dense, layered, opulent, and super-rich, on the palate, this impeccably balanced wine is complete in every way. All it requires is another 5-7 years of cellaring. - Jay Miller

The 2007 Cabernet Franc (100% Cabernet Franc) has a deep plum color with a garnet rim and a rich penetrating nose of dark fruits, anise, cinnamon, pain grille and a hint of sweet vanilla. In the mouth this wine is jammy and fruit packed with beautiful texture, vibrant tannins and a long lingering finish that leaves you wanting more. This is all about the seductive pleasures you would expect from a great wine, it will age beautifully for 10-15 years. - the winery

2006 Vintage

2006 Wine Advocate - 92 points - The 2006 Cabernet Franc was aged for 26 months in 50% new French oak. Produced from yields under 2 tons per acre, it offers up a dramatically spicy perfume of smoke, cinnamon, clove, damp earth, and black currant. This leads to a velvety-textured, unctuous wine with plenty of body, ripe tannin, and considerable complexity. The vibrant acidity and well-integrated oak make for an impeccably balanced wine that should evolve for 4-6 years and drink well through 2026. - Jay Miller

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