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ESTATE GROWN CABERNET FRANC 2020 VQA Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment
Vintage Assessments Tasting Note Producer CAVE SPRING
This very tasty, nicely structured 100% Cabernet Franc has a hefty 14.5% alcohol and 2 g/L residual sugar. A great match for tomato-based Italian recipes, it has a bright very deep purple colour. The nose is slightly spicy and faintly herbal with intense, bright, plummy fruit and minerally, cedar-sandalwood notes. Dry, medium bodied, bright, tangy and faintly herbal with fresh, still youthful, ripe plum flavours with a lingering, crisp, somewhat cedary finish. This well-priced red that calls for the right food pairing and with a hefty 6.8 g/L total acidity it should really appeal to cool-climate Cab Franc fans. Aged for 14 months in 225L and 500L oak barrels, 95% neutral and 5% new French and is unfiltered. A REPEAT of the recommended 2020 (***) that was released on December 3, 2022 at $19.95. CSPC 523001
Type Red Table Wine
Agent Cav Spr
Country Canada
Region Ontario
Rating ***(90 points)
Dry, Bright, Youthful, Ripe
LCBO Text Status Recommended by Vintage Assessments!
A Best Buy
TASTING NOTE: This is a layered, flavourful Beamsville Bench cabernet franc that represents good value. I like the well-integrated and balanced flavours of ripe red plums and cherries, barrel spice, and green bell peppers. The palate is medium-bodied and rounded, recalling succulent, lush fruit, with plush tannins, and juicy acids. Length is very good. Tasted December 2022. Score - 90 (Megan Krigbaum, winealign.com) Price $ 19.95
Bottle Size 750 mL
Tasting Date vintages release - April 29, 2023
Cases bought 224 (12 bottles per case)

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