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WTN: Division Villages Béton (Cab Franc/Gamay/Côt blend)

by David M. Bueker » Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:08 pm

2016 Division Winemaking Co. (Division Villages) Béton (Oregon Red Wine)
A rather unusual (for the USA) blend of 60% Cabernet Franc, 30% Gamay Noir & 10% Côt (Malbec) made up this delightful red from the folks at Division. I had read about the 2015 edition, and so was very excited to see the 2016 in my club shipment a while back. Plans being what they are, it took a while longer to get to this. Initially a touch spritzy from trapped CO2, the wine calmed down quickly, and settled into an elegant, balanced red that showed crunchy red fruit, some nearly (but not quite) green/herbal nuances, and a fresh, invigorating finish that kept enticing me back for another sip. The wine certainly had one foot in the Loire (dare I say Clos Roche Blanche?), though the fruit was a touch riper, and the green notes did not verge into bell pepper. That being said, it felt like a proper wine for a more spring or summertime meal, where the freshness could show off more. At $24 a bottle (though sadly sold out) it also kept a firm footing in the QPR camp.

I will be eagerly awaiting the 2017.
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Re: WTN: Division Villages Béton (Cab Franc/Gamay/Côt blend)

by Bob Parsons Alberta » Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:47 pm

Interesting note, you are so lucky to have access to wines like this!
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Re: WTN: Division Villages Béton (Cab Franc/Gamay/Côt blend)

by David M. Bueker » Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:33 am

The ability to buy direct is a real blessing from a drinking perspective. It is a bit of a financial curse. ;)
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Re: WTN: Division Villages Béton (Cab Franc/Gamay/Côt blend)

by Patchen Markell » Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:43 pm

amen brother
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