2016 Black Sage Vineyard Cabernet Franc
The nose has pleasant notes of red berries, some red currants, dried strawberries, and smoky mocha notes. The flavours on the nose carry over to the palate. With bright red fruits, mocha and vanilla, and some hints of spice on the finish. The acidity is lively and the tannins are firm yet approachable.
The 2016 season began with above average temperatures causing an early bud break. This early harvest was tempered with cooler temperatures and rain in June and July. In the fall, there were warm days but the nights started to cool which helped balance the acid. Harvest started early to mid-October and the lack of damaging frost allowed the grapes to develop bold flavours and the tannins to ripen. Thus the 2016 reds are full of fruit flavour, with mouth coating tannins and great structure.
The grapes came in beautifully ripe. The wine was fermented in Stainless steel tanks for about 10 days, it was then pressed off and stored in a blend of French and American oak barrels. The wine then went through secondary fermentation in barrel. It was aged in barrel for 14-16 months before being racked off the barrels and then filtered and bottled.
Food Pairing Notes
Pair with rack of lamb, venison, duck breast, slow-cooked pork, sauteed mushrooms and mature, hard 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.