Year in, year out, this is one of Ontario’s best Cab Francs. In ‘08, because of challenging growing conditions, the grapes were harvested on November 25, with a natural alcohol content of 13.5%. The perfume of flowers, pencil shavings, cassis, tobacco, raspberries and vanilla seduces the taster. In the mouth, it is elegant and refined, with lots of fine-grained tannins. Drink it over the next 5 years.
Warmly ripe dark berry scents with a lightly gamey, earthy overtone lead the way for rounded ripe fruit backed by moderate tannins on the palate. Well balanced, with a splash of dark chocolate and earthy mineral on the finish. New World fruitiness with Old World earthiness.
Lively fresh grapefruit and apple scents give way to lemon citrus and tropical fruit on the palate. Gentle fruity notes and crisp acidity produce a refreshingly light finish.
Medium ruby. Red berry-fruits, vanilla notes from the oak and a light perfumed touch. Medium-bodied, well-balanced; the fine tannins are less tight than most Chilean reds for a more elegant mouthfeel. Nice finish on the same theme. Ready to drink.
A blend of a dozen vintages. Clear medium-deep gold, with lots of fizzy bubbles. Complex nose featuring yeast, ripe apple, cultured butter, lime and caramel. Creamy mouthfeel; full-bodied, classic and elegant with a long finish. Drink up.
This Groovy is just a smidge lighter than Von Stein, but with many of the same attributes: pineapple, honey, spice and apples. Crisp acidity and excellent length will allow it to age gracefully over the next decade.