2020 Bella Terra Cabernet Franc
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SILVER, All Canadian Wine Championship (2023).
Tasting Notes: This 2020 Cabernet Franc is a testament to our unique terroir in the heart of Niagara Wine Country. Harvested from our oldest Cabernet vines, this wine is aged in predominantly neutral French oak barrels for 20 months after fermentation to lend the wine structure without overpowering its natural complex nose and palate. Like all of our reserve red wines, our Cabernet Franc is made with minimal intervention and bottled unfiltered to preserve its integrity and prolong its aging potential.
A deep, vibrant ruby red colour showcases this wines youthfulness and richness. The nose reveals inviting notes of ripe black cherry and tangy red currant, accompanied by the delicate sweetness of raspberry. These bright fruit aromas are elegantly intertwined with the richness of dark chocolate. A subtle hint of roasted red pepper adds a touch of intrigue and depth to the profile.
As this wine reaches your palate, it unveils a symphony of flavours. The forefront showcases the dark, luscious essence of cherry, entwined with the juicy intensity of blackberry. These flavours seamlessly give way to the succulent notes of red plum, adding a delightful balance. The indulgent essence of black forest cake emerges, bringing layers of rich chocolate and hints of dark fruits, enhancing the wine's opulence. Towards the finish, a gentle kick of chili pepper surfaces, providing a subtle spicy warmth that adds complexity and depth to the tasting experience.
The tannins of this Cabernet Franc are luxurious and velvety, showcasing the highest level of refinement. They glide across the palate, offering a silky and smooth texture that enhances the wine's overall elegance. The finish is never-ending, as the flavours linger long after each sip.
Aging Potential: Decant now or age until 2028+
Food Pairing: A grilled flank steak with a blackberry and chili glaze.
Carl's Wine Club: 94pts "The texture of this wine is absolutely incredible: soft, smooth, creamy, and feels like satin in my mouth. Very unique and special, just like the 2020 vintage conditions. The nose offers black cherry, red currant, raspberry, dark chocolate and roasted red pepper. The palate is rich, suave, long and complex and displays some of the very best attributes of the Cab Franc grape varietal: dark cherry, blackberry, red plum, black forest cake and chili pepper. The tannins are luxurious and velvety at the highest level, leading to a never-ending finish. Of the three new 2020 releases, this one is by far the most approachable and ready to drink. A 30min decanting is suggested."
Residual Sugar: 3.0g
Appellation: Four Mile Creek