Fort Berens Estate Winery 2010 Cabernet Franc - 90+pts

Fort Berens Estate Winery 2010 Cabernet Franc (Lillooet) Fraser Canyon - BC

Availability: Direct from winery's shop
Cost: $24.99
Alcohol: 14.3%
Production: 136 cases
Date Tasted: October 28th, 2012

Tasting Notes: Produced from fruit sourced from the Black Sage Bench near Oliver this is a big Cabernet Franc with herbal and berry characters to spare. Dense and intriguing on the dark berry nose enhanced with sage, menthol, vanilla bean, oak spice and light anise aromas. The dry, well-balanced palate follows with blackberry, mineral and oak flavours framed by prominent, round tannins and mouth-watering acidity. Tannins and blackberry puree lingers on the finish. Though drinking well now (with generous decanting) I'd recommend a further 6 months of bottle age before opening to let the tannins integrate a tad more. Drink 2013-2015.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2012

On a side note: As the winery moves towards using more estate-grown fruit in its wines, I hope they keep their two Black Sage Bench beauties (this Franc and the firm's Meritage) in the portfolio as-is. They manage to capture the essence of the Southern Okanagan better than even some of the local wineries.

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