Cabernet Franc 2014

"This bold, ripe red reflects the great 2014 Okanagan vintage" 90 points, John Schreiner, October 2016.

"A brooding Cabernet Franc from the excellent 2014 vintage, full of dark berry fruit, intense earthy-herbs and meaty-metallic aromas and flavours but not without a few feminine touches like candied fruit, mocha and floral notes on the otherwise masculine nose and palate. Well structured with dusty tannins and fleshy, berry acidity. Length is moderate, but well balanced. Enjoy now or over the next 3-4 years with some further development likely. Drink 2016-2020" 89 points, Liam Carrier, Icon Scores, October 2016.

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Dark red and purple in the glass reveals a young wine with plenty of structure and deep colour. Nose is warm and rich with coffee and milk chocolate aromas. Dried herbs and dried cranberries start to express the complex aromatics. Palate is lush with red and black berries, stewed cherries and black forest cake. Perfect structure and length.

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Dark red and purple in the glass reveals a young wine with plenty of structure and deep colour. Nose is warm and rich with coffee and milk chocolate aromas. Dried herbs and dried cranberries start to express the complex aromatics. Palate is lush with red and black berries, stewed cherries and black forest cake. Perfect structure and length.
Ratings
*89 points Liam Carrier, Icon Scores, October 2016. *89 points Beppi Crosariol, The Globe & Mail, November 2016.
Awards
Silver Medal - 2017 Cascadia Wine Competition
Vineyard Notes
Hot and dry summer, typical of the South Okanagan, but with a cool October allowing us to pick our four different blocks of Cabernet Franc over an 15 day period selecting that fruit at perfect ripeness. All of our fruit comes from our Diamondback vineyard on the Black Sage Bench, in free draining sandy soils that give our Cabernet Franc plenty of power, structure and intensity. A very high quality vintage, there was no disease or pest pressure and we did moderate leaf thinning and green harvesting to ensure only the highest quality fruit made it into the winery.
Production Notes
We machine harvested our Cabernet Franc on the Black Sage bench in the early hours of the morning to ensure it arrived at the winery nice and cold. The grapes were then destemmed and partially crushed, leaving some whole berries, and then pumped to stainless steel tanks for fermentation. For some blocks we use special cold tolerant yeast strains and ferment the wines quite cool (~10-11C), while others we allow to ferment naturally with no added yeast. These fermentations typically are warmer and are much less vigorous, leading to a long, slow (6-8 weeks long) gentle extraction of colour, tannin and flavour. The wines were then pressed and racked to oak barrels, a mix of French, American and Hungarian oak, for malolactic fermentation and aging. Maturation ranged from 14-18 months depending on how the wines tasted, before being racked to tank, blended and finally bottled.
Production
Cases made: 3916
Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Cabernet Franc
Appellation
Okanagan Valley
Harvest Date
October 2014
Acid
6.45
pH
3.79
Aging
Cellaring potential: 20 years
Bottling Date
May 2016
Residual Sugar
3.0
Alcohol %
14.5
Product Reviews
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Jo-Ann
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(Dec 11, 2016 at 4:34 PM)
I opened up a bottle last night and was delighted at the quality. Wonderful cherry color, fullish body, great flavor and smooth going down. Great to drink now. I had a glass on its own and then another with pork. Very nice and a definite repeat purchase.

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Jo-Ann
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(Dec 16, 2016 at 6:11 PM)
Good value. A young wine that is easy to drink. Light flavor. Good to drink on its own with mild dishes. Very pleasant!

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Kitty Prucha
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(May 21, 2017 at 11:18 AM)
Love how well it goes with just about any food and is also great just on its own.

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