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Chestnut Tree Cabernet Franc, 2018

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2018 Niagara Peninsula 750 mL, 13% ALC/VOL
Cabernet Franc
Critic's Rating 90 pts

Suggestions of rich, ripe currant, blackberry, and plum on both the nose and the palate are balanced by hints of cedar, pencil shavings and tobacco. This is a full-bodied Franc with grippy tannins, delicious on its own or paired with aged Cheddar, red meat, charcuterie, and dark chocolate. Vinified from hand-picked 100% estate grown fruit (10yr old vines in 2018) in the Vinemount Ridge sub-appellation. After pressing, the wine was hand-plunged twice a day for 28 days in bins before transfer to tank to complete fermentation. The wine was aged for 22 months in French and American oak.

Critic's Rating

Perfumed, with bramble fruit and a hint of chocolate; palate of plush, concentrated fruit and wild graphite notes.
- 2022 Decanter World Wine Awards
  • Decanter World Wine Awards 2022, Silver Medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2022, Silver Medal
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    This was a featured wine in September's Wine Club package, 2021.


    Geographical Indication: VQA Niagara Peninsula
    Vineyard: Estate vineyard
    Residual Sugar: 4 g/L
    Cases Produced: 280


    Appearance: Semi-opaque. Medium garnet core.
    Nose: Dark cherry, earth, green pepper, smoke, hints of green herbs and pepper spice.
    Palate: Medium acid, medium tannin, medium body. Blackberry, black currant, dark raspberry, licorice, green pepper, and an herbal note. Hints of black pepper and smoke.
    Quality: Outstanding. 90 points. Drink now or hold 1 – 2 years.


    Food Pairing: Pepper-crusted beef tenderloin, dark chocolate-covered blueberries, lamb meatballs with raisin pesto, chicken stew with biscuits, and eggplant parmesan.

    • Decanter World Wine Awards 2022, Silver Medal