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Cabernet Franc has quickly established itself as a ‘go-to’ grape in the south Okanagan. Once known chiefly as a component grape for classic Bordeaux blends, it has now broken out on its own and is loved for its unique charms. These include deep expressive flavours of tobacco, dark spice, herbaceous green pepper, and a tiny hint of mint. All of this is achieved while maintaining supple tannins and dark berry flavours. The finish is pleasant and lengthy. BC VQA Certified
Awards & Ratings
- John Schreiner
The 2014 vintage was featured in May's Wine Club package, 2017.
Geographical Indication: Okanagan Valley, B.C.
Vineyard: Estate Vineyard
Cases Produced: 900
Appearance: Deep and concentrated core of brick red fruit, a little lighter towards the rim.
Nose: Plenty of red berry fruit with lifted elements of cedar and sage.
Palate: Medium to full-bodied with many layers of complexity. Raspberries, cherries, thyme, blueberry compote, cola, sun-dried tomato and sage once again on the finish.
Quality: A very solid example of South Okanagan Cabernet Franc, at once fascinating to ponder and a pleasure to drink.
Food pairings: Barbecued spare ribs, hamburgers, chicken mole, wild mushroom risotto with red wine jus, aged Cheddar cheese
Wine Writer’s Comment:
The rise of Cabernet Franc in British Columbia has been an enjoyable one to follow, as our penchant for the variety has made it increasingly regarded as one of our signature grapes. While Cabernet Sauvignon initially bested its brother in plantings and attention, it’s become relatively clear that it’s not always the easiest grape to grow in the Okanagan Valley. Its need for a long vintage doesn’t always go along well with our shorter growing season, occasionally struggling to ripen properly. Cabernet Franc on the other hand, ripens a little easier, making it the better-suited of the Cabernets to our region. I love the layers and layers of character here, tailor-made for firing up the barbecue.
- Kurtis Kolt, The Georgia Straight