River Stone Estate Winery 2009 Cabernet Franc - 87-88pts

River Stone Estate Winery 2009 Cabernet Franc (Black Sage Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here
Cost: $26
Alcohol: 14.5%
Production: 60 cases
Date Tasted: May 24th, 2011

Tasting Notes: This Cabernet Franc makes an unexpected homage to the Australian modus operandi of producing big, juicy and ever-so-sweet reds. The fullness comes from both the perception of sweetness from intense dark berry fruit flavours and a hint of residual sugar which may not appeal to lovers of bone-dry reds. Glycerol from the 14.5% alcohol also adds to the fullness on the palate creating a round, chewy texture. French oak influence is perceptible in the fragrant, juicy nose and on the concentrated palate, but plays second fiddle to the fruit characters. I believe this wine would benefit from another year of bottle aging before opening to let the fruit and oak flavours more time to integrate. Drink 2012-2015.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2011 IconWines.ca

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