2017 Cabernet Franc - Cave Spring Cellars
This wine originates from selected Niagara Peninsula vineyards situated in close proximity to the south shore of Lake Ontario. In these areas, the combination of limestone and shale-laced clays, elevation and moderating on-shore breezes combine to capture the distinctive mint-berry character typical of Cabernet Franc in our region.
On the nose, juicy red cherry and blackcurrant fruit come to the fore, with notes of eucalyptus, tobacco leaf, cinnamon and mint in behind. The palate is medium-to-full in body with firm tannins and sour cherry fruit up front, nicely balanced in the middle by ripe cassis fruit and round, supple textures around the edges. A juicy thread of acidity is nicely integrated throughout, giving way to an intense and plush finish of dark berries, black pepper and coffee grinds.