2014 Black Sage Vineyard Cabernet Franc
This 100% Cabernet Franc opens with aromas of strawberry, vanilla notes, some minerality, and a hint of roasted green pepper. Flavours of strawberry and red cherry are layered with vanilla undertones and smokey sweet oak. The tannins are firm yet approachable, with a medium finish that lingers.
The summer of 2014 was particularly hot in the Okanagan Valley for extended periods, and stretched out into the fall with warm days and nights. This seemed like perfect weather for grape growing, yet the heat did provide some challenges for our vineyard team. Harvest was delayed for the Merlot grapes to reach peak flavour development and slightly higher alcohol levels, while varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz thrived in the heat on the Black Sage bench. Overall, 2014 was an excellent year for Okanagan wines.
The grapes were picked in late October, crushed, destemmed then fermented in stainless steel tanks. The juice was pumped over twice daily for two weeks and was then transferred into oak barrels and allowed to go through malolactic fermentation. The wine was then aged for 14 months in 65% French and 35% American oak, with 20% of the barrels being new.
Food Pairing Notes
Pairing suggestions are herb encrusted roasted pork with roast potatoes, BBQ steak, short ribs, pasta with tomato sauce, and charcuterie with gouda, gorgonzola or blue cheese.
(Nov 19, 2013 at 7:32 PM)
A beautiful cab franc with a smooth tannis, beats a lot of wines that are priced higher.