SpierHead Winery 2009 Cabernet Franc - 89pts

SpierHead Winery 2009 Cabernet Franc (Kelowna) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here
Cost: $29.90
Alcohol: 13%
Production: 71 cases
Date Tasted: September 23rd, 2011

Tasting Notes: The developing house style for its red wines from this East Kelowna based winery is a focus on smooth, rounded, fruit-forward and utterly quaff-able releases worthy of appreciation and attention during early consumption. They are not bone dry, nor are they loaded with natural or artificially enhanced tannins for extended cellaring. They also tend to keep the alcohol level down, even during a hot vintage like 2009, thus the creamy body is due to the intense, lush fruit more so than the effect of glycerol on one's palate from excessive residual alcohol.

This Cabernet Franc, produced from fruit sourced from a Black Sage Bench vineyard in the southern Okanagan Valley, follows the house model to a tee. The delicate nose will entice you with ample potpourri and crushed fresh flower aromas followed by a full-ish, buttery palate of dark and red berry flavours with enough of an acid kick to keep the mouth feel fresh, vibrant and not overly creamy. The finish is long and complex with some lingering spice and fruit puree. Ready to be enjoyed now. Drink 2011-2014.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2011 IconWines.ca