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Farmed in a prestigious small vineyard along the new Golden Mile Bench appellation, Desert Valley Vineyard is a perfect home for muscular Cabernet Franc. It should almost go without saying our excitement for this variety in The Okanagan, and this Swift embodies the potential for Franc in a New World and robust style.
This Cabernet Franc is decidedly youthful and enthusiastic right now, but the complexity and subtlety is already evident. Not lacking in tannic structure, this wine is surprisingly drinkable at this stage in its life, while still having lots of room to grow. The silkiness and texture is what really amazes at this stage in development.
Awards & Ratings
“The Black Swift franc grows on the Golden Mile Bench sub-appellation in Desert Valley Vineyard. In 2014 this is a dense, muscular, round and ripe-fruited red that is a pleasure to drink. The west bench that gathers the less intense morning sun tempers the wine’s overall demeanour, aided by an early evening shadow that protects the fruit from excess sugar production and eventually alcohol. The soil is mostly rocky, an old alluvial river bed, and the result is a mineral, stony red and black raspberry fruited wine with a sagebrush undercurrent. Grilled meats or poultry are fine matches at this point. Impressive now and this will improve in bottle through 2020. 90 points”
– Anthony Gismondi, Gismondi on Wine, tasted December 14th 2017