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Sandhill Cabernet Franc, 2017

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2017 Okanagan Valley 750 mL, 14.8% ALC/VOL

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Cabernet Franc

Critic's Rating92 pts




Bright garnet colour with an aromatic bouquet of ripe red berry, blue plum, blueberry, Chai spice, oak and vanilla scented tobacco. This is a full-bodied wine with firm drying tannins and moderate acidity. Wonderful fruit flavours of red and black berries and currants are accented by notes of spice and oak. Black tea, cocoa powder, red currant, spice and vanilla extract linger on the extra dry finish. 

Enjoy with rosemary lamb chops; red meats prepared medium-rare; pot roast with root vegetables; peppercorn steak; beef brisket; beef stews; grilled Portobello mushroom; three-year-old Canadian cheddar. Decanting is recommended if drinking now through 2021.

Awards & Ratings

Critic’s Rating:

92 pts

- Tony Aspler


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Tasting Notes

This was a featured wine in October's Wine Club package, 2020.


Tasting notes written by Tony Aspler.


Geographical Indication: BC VQA Similkameen Valley
Vineyard: Vanessa Vineyard, Similkameen Valley
Residual Sugar: 0.3 g/L
Cases Produced: 1,022


Appearance: Deep, dense purple colour.
Nose: Warm, cedary, green tobacco nose with oak spice and a lifted floral note.
Palate: Medium-bodied, savoury, blueberry, green herbs, black olive, and dark chocolate flavours. Firmly structured with evident but ripe tannins.
Quality: Very Good+ / Outstanding. 89-92 points (dependent on cellaring, 89 now; if cellared 90 – 92). Open in 2021 – 2022.


Food Pairing: Crispy duck with hoisin sauce, coffee-infused braised lamb shanks, plum-glazed pork belly, stuffed cabbage rolls with cauliflower rice, and black olive-crusted venison with pearl onions.

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