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Growers Blend Cabernet Franc, 2020

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2020 Niagara Peninsula 750 mL, 12.5% ALC/VOL
Cabernet Franc

The 2019 summer was quite normal for Ontario; it was sunny, hot, and humid. September was cool and wet, and it got cold quickly in October. This vintage produced cabernet francs with elegance and freshness. Our Grower’s Blend Cab Franc is produced from carefully selected parcels from the Niagara Peninsula and was aged for 16 months in French oak barrels. It possesses expressive aromas of blackberry, cocoa, and cedar. On the palate, it is rich and robust, with great aroma replay, and the finish is balanced and firm.

Food Pairings: This ripe and structured red will pair perfectly with grilled burgers, steaks or sausages. It would also go well with young, hard cheeses and a charcuterie platter.

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The 2019 vintage was a featured wine in June's Wine Club package, 2022.

Tasting notes written by Tony Aspler.

Geographical Indication: VQA Niagara Peninsula
Vineyard: Various Niagara Peninsula vineyards
Residual Sugar: 1 g/L
Cases Produced: 1,333

Appearance: Deep ruby colour.
Nose: Cedary, lightly floral, vanilla, oak spice, plum bouquet.
Palate: Medium-bodied, dry, savoury red plum flavour, elegant, firmly structured, perfumed, with a note of orange peel in the finish.
Quality: Outstanding. 91 points. Drinkable now, but cellar for 1-2 years to ameliorate the tannins.

Food Pairing: Grilled bacon-cheddar cheeseburger, charcuterie board with Dijon mustard, creamy cilantro chipotle chicken, venison bourguignon, and marinated tomato salad with herbs.