Fort Berens Estate Winery 2008 Cabernet Franc - 87pts

Fort Berens Estate Winery 2008 Cabernet Franc (Lillooet) Fraser Canyon - BC

Availability: Direct from the winery here and select VQA stores
Cost: $25
Alcohol: 13.9%
Production: 148 cases
Date Tasted: December 28th, 2010

Tasting Notes: Single varietal releases of Cabernet Franc always intrigue me as I'm inherently a fan of the often maligned and under appreciated grape. Styles range widely with Cabernet Francs; from funky, pungent wines to cool, collected and even steely wines. With this Fort Berens offering, made from southern Okanagan sourced fruit, I'd place it more in the cool and collected category - reminiscent of the style most often found on the Niagara Peninsula.

A subtle nose of dark fruits, coffee grinds, tomato stock and aromatic flower aromas. Bone-dry and smoky-textured on the palate, yet decently balanced by juicy, dark berries and savoury oak. The acid kick would benefit from touch more residual sugar to truly stand-alone as a sipping wine, however, the balance as is makes for an excellent food-pairing wine. Think red meet and pork roasts. Drink 2011-2013.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2011

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