Leah Jorgensen 2014 “Loiregon” Cabernet Franc
Fellow wine lovers, last year, Leah Jorgensen Cellars was named “Winery to Watch” by Northwest Wine Press Magazine. Leah is an up and coming winemaker who is working at the venerable Evening LandWinery, while making small quantities of wine under her own label.
Back in the day, she worked wine sales in Washington DC, but fell in love with what Oregon has to offer during a trip to the state’s wine country. She has a real passion for the grapes of the Loire Valley of France, and has gone against the grain in Oregon by putting the focus of Leah Jorgensen Cellars on varieties such as Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, which can grow well in the slightly warmer parts of Southern Oregon. I’m told that in Oregon, Leah Jorgensen is known by her nickname, The Pirate Queen, and the imagery on the wine’s label is of her depicted as such.
Leah Jorgensen 2014 “Loiregon” Cabernet Franc $23.99 (Regularly $26)
The name “Loiregon” comes from combining the words Loire and Oregon, since Leah Jorgensen’s ultimate goal is to make Loire style wines in Oregon State. For this Cabernet Franc, she tapped two vineyards in two separate regions of Southern Oregon: Sundown Vineyard in the Rogue Valley, and Mae’s Vineyard in the Applegate Valley.
True to the French style, this is a lighter style of Cabernet Franc, aged in a combination of used French oak barrels and stainless steel vessels. The nose shows delicate fruit notes of dried cherries, crushed rose petals, hints dried leaves. The palate is medium-light in body and dry, tasting of preserves plums, brandied cherries, black tea, wet stones, and spicy herbs. I’m of the opinion that a gentle style of Cabernet Franc, such as this, is very versatile with food and can pair if a really wide variety of dishes.
Region: Rogue Valley & Applegate Valley AVAs in Southern Oregon
Vineyard: Sundown Vineyard and Mae’s Vineyard
Grape: 100% Cabernet Franc
Aging: Used French Oak Barrels and Stainless Steel
Drinkability: Now through 2019
Alcohol: 14.5% by volume
Drink This if you Like: Lorie Valley Cabernet Franc, Savage Grace Cabernet Franc,
Chinon, Bourgueil, Saumur
Press: Named “Winery to Watch” by Northwest Wine Press Magazine
Food Pairings: Roast Beef or Lamb, Roasted Vegetable
Production: 260 cases