Owen Roe 2018 'Rosa Mystica' Cabernet Franc, Yakima Valley

Owen Roe 2018 'Rosa Mystica' Cabernet Franc, Yakima Valley

Item Number: 15071

UPC: None

Country: USA
Region: Washington
Sub Region: Columbia Valley
Appellation/AVA: Yakima Valley
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vintage: 2018
Grape(s): Cabernet Franc
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14.1

Tasting Notes: The 2018 is tasting great now but will continue to shine for many years in the cellar. An uplifting nose is bursting with aromas of strawberry, cocoa powder, and spice. The palate is very soft, velvety, and textural with dried fruit notes and subtle hints of oak and vanilla. The dried fruit notes linger with hints of baking spices and firm tannins.

Fruit Source: Red Willow, Outlook, DuBrul, and Union Gap
Aging: 16 months in French oak barrels

About the Label: The image on the front label was captured by photographer David K. Brunn. The ancient Drumlane Abbey in County Cavan, Ireland served as a place of refuge for almost one thousand years until it was destroyed by the forces of Oliver Cromwell. Here the great patriot Owen Roe O’Neill sought solace until he too breathed his last, also at the hands of Cromwell in 1649


  • Vinous
    Rating: 92 (12/3/2020)

    Dark raspberry, minerals and bitter chocolate on the perfumed nose, complicated by menthol and herbal nuances and lifted by a floral quality. Very suave and refined on entry, then smooth and floral in the middle palate, showing a tighter grain than the Union Gap blend. As much red as black fruit in character and quite seamless; medicinal in a positive way, with nuances of menthol and red licorice. Firmly constructed but reveals an essential suppleness of texture that makes it tastable already. Still, this wine's substantial fine-grained tannins call for at least a year or two of cellaring, and it has the material and balance to evolve gracefully. My sample was even more floral with 24 hours of aeration, and I raised my score a point. Classy juice!
  • Wine Enthusiast
    Rating: 92 (8/31/2021)

    Nuanced aromas of savory herb, barrel spice, dark chocolate and black cherry are followed by a well-structured palate, with the tightly wound tannins supporting soft, layered fruit flavors. It brings both a bit of tannic brawn and sophistication and is guaranteed to impress. Best after 2024. Cellar Selection.