I've always kind of joked to myself that Cabernet Franc is the smaller, weaker cousin of Cabernet Sauvignon. Maybe the middle child who didn't get enough attention? I've just seldom had a truly grand experience with Cab Franc, but as the Monkees would say.....now "I'm a believer". The 2015 Suspense Cabernet Franc from Bookwalter Winery will change the way you think about this wine. While it's not 100% Cab Franc, the 17% Merlot blend is smart and adds some depth and complexity to this Columbia Valley wine. After the gorgeous deep garnet color, the nose presents lively cherry aromas with earthly sage and whiffs of pomegranate. Where this wine really, really got me was the surprise on the palate. There was an unconventional and incredibly welcoming spice that joined the Cremè de cassis, cherry, raspberry and smooth-as-glass finish that leads to a very memorable tasting experience. This is a healthy wine that is going to age amazingly and would be fun to taste every year for the next ten years and compare notes. While this wine is a fun solo sipper, it would be well represented with a grilled ham steak, Polish sausage or a number of non-traditional meats.