Trius Showcase Red Shale Cabernet Franc 2014

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Canada — Ontario • $45.00 • 90/100

This is a seriously interesting Cabernet Franc from the Clark Farm Vineyard. With its moderate summer and extended warm fall, 2014 led to a lengthy hang time that slowed sugar accumulation in the grapes and allowed full physiological ripeness to develop. The wine is still youthful in appearance — purple with some translucence, and violet on the rim. The nose is complex and dense, suggesting vivid blackberry, black cherry, plum and black currant fruit, green herbs, tobacco, forest floor, and hints of cedary resin. The wine is dry, with brisk acidity, moderate alcohol, and slightly chewy tannins. The fruit replays on the palate, edged by the light herbal element, while the earthy notes take on a graphite edge on the cedary finish. This wine nicely rides the edge, showing both real Cabernet Franc varietal character and dense ripe fruit. Lovely. • Tasted 2017-01-13 • LCBO id#0 • Find it at your nearest LCBO

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