2017 Cabernet Franc

Southern Oregon, OR

  • Producer

    Leah Jørgensen Cellars

  • What we love

    Winemakers like Leah Jørgensen are part of a turning tide in Oregon, as new faces buck tradition and embrace new varietals and experimental, small-batch winemaking. She’s a rockstar and so are her wines. Her 2017 Cab Franc is outstanding. It’s a complex bottle of wine, but also so approachable and easy to like, and it smells absolutely beautiful – like a bouquet of flowers saved from a precious occasion. The palate is bright and juicy, tasting of blackberries and ripe cherries, with interesting savory and herbal components in the background. Serve with a slight chill and pair with poke bowls and an evening sunset.

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About this Wine

Leah Jorgensen is a fifteen-year wine industry veteran making expressive interpretations of France’s Loire Valley wines centered around Cabernet Franc grown in Southern Oregon.

Fruit was sourced from Crater View Ranch and Sundown Vineyard, both in Southern Oregon, and both sites are sustainably farmed and L.I.V.E. Certified. Grapes were picked, sorted, de-stemmed, all by hand, and crushed lightly to avoid bruising. The wine was aged in mostly used French oak barrels, along with some stainless steel, to tone down the intensity from the skin and wood tannins. A slow, steady malolactic fermentation completed in three months. The wine was racked, blended, then filtered prior to bottling.

Drink now through 2024.

  • Technical Data
  • Blend: 100% Cabernet Franc
  • Alcohol: 14.0% | Production: 295 cases

Leah Jørgensen

Owner + Winemaker


Leah Jørgensen describes her wines as “under the radar,” but we're not sure how long that will last considering her winery was named “The Winery to Watch” in 2014 by Wine Press Northwest and she was listed as a “Winemaker to Watch” in 2015 by the San Francisco Chronicle.

In addition to producing boutique wines in the style of the Loire Valley, she keeps balance in her life by coaching high school lacrosse, serving wine at Corkscrew Wine Bar in Sellwood, and recently, she became a mom.

After talking with Leah and tasting her wines, we totally understand the buzz linked to her brand. Her wines are geeky enough to appeal to sommeliers, but so grounded and food friendly that they can please all wine fans. To boot, her prices make these bottles a bargain.

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