Looking to try a new grape? Cabernet Franc is an ancient Bordeaux varietal that makes a beautiful stand-alone varietal in both Ontario and B.C. appellations. Though not ‘cheap’ at 35$, this Niagara red provides an evening’s night’s worth of thinking-over, and is sure to provoke conversation at any wine tasting.
A hint of copper on the nose gives way to taut, black plumflesh with an underlying note of sour cherries and damp, ochre earth, with a lingering note of warm graphite. The finish is clean and warm. A second taste after eating chocolate (try with chocolate chip cookies!) changes the fruit to bright, fresh cranberries and the finish to a lingering, burnt earth.