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Cabernet Franc, 2013

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2013 Niagara Peninsula 750 mL, 13.6% ALC/VOL

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Cabernet Franc

Critic's Rating88 pts


Hand picked and hand sorted from reduced crop. Appassimento style. Aged 12 months in newer French and American oak barrels.

Appearance: Deep ruby colour.

Nose: A classic but interesting nose of savoury red berries, toasted vanilla, oak spice, violets, plum, and mocha, with a light sprinkling of herbs and anise, and hints of jalapeno peppers.

Palate: A medium bodied wine that highlights bright fruit, ripe cherry, raspberry, followed with softer tannins (for a Cab Franc), and licorice, campfire smoke, bay leaves and perky acidity through the finish.

Food pairings: Try this wine with grilled burgers, roast duck, pasta with red sauce and meatballs, or a hearty chilli. Pairs perfectly with Camembert, Gorgonzola, or goat cheese. For those not keen on meat, try it with recipes that include nuts, mushrooms, and/or soy sauce. Enjoy now, or put away until 2022.

Awards & Ratings

Critic’s Rating:

88 pts

- Rick VanSickle


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Tasting Notes

This was a featured wine in April's Wine Club package, 2018.


Geographical Indication:  Niagara Peninsula, ON

Vineyard:  Estate Vineyard

Cases Produced: 260


Appearance:  Bright. Semi-opaque. Garnet core, dark pink rim.

Nose:  Medium aromatic intensity. Dark cherry, plum, smoke, mocha, jalapenos, cigar box.

Palate:  Medium acid, medium tannin, medium body. Black cherry, cigar smoke, green bell pepper, black pepper.

Quality:  Very good quality. Aged 12 months in newer French and American oak barrels. Nice lingering finish. Could still cellar for a year or two. Rounded flavours. A pleasant Cab Franc that is drinking very well right now.

Food Pairing:  Bruschetta, herb crusted duck and other game birds, barbecued ribs, meatloaf, Ragu Bolognese, salami and truffle pizza. 

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