Canada — Ontario • $26.95 • WD Score 90/100

This is a spot-on Niagara Cabernet Franc from a cooler vintage, showing exactly what it is, and not trying to hide its origin and character. So what is it? Well, Cabernet Franc almost inevitably shows an element of “green” vegetal or herbal character, unless that varietal character is ripened out of it, or the winemaker has temporarily hidden its character by aggressive oak spice. This wine shows a light green herbal streak and a cedary undertone, entwined with a core of black cherry and blackberry fruit that has a subtle plummy depth. Tannins are fine but firm, alcohol is balanced, and acidity is crisp. There’s significant oak treatment, but it fits and complements rather than hides the wine’s character. I find this very attractive now, and I would drink most of this in the shorter term. But I would also enjoy keeping some bottles to see what happens to the wine as it evolves in the cellar. Lots of respect here. • Tasted 2017-11-25 • LCBO id#130997 • Find it at your nearest LCBOTAWSE WINERY INC. (Agent)

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