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(Re-Tasted September 2012) ... About two and a half years ago is when I put the first review of this wine up (and gave it a 5-star rating), and in truth I was not suppose to have a bottle for another 2 years because I have that much faith in it ... but tonight I suddenly wanted to see how it was doing - and that is my prerogative, as it is my wine cellar. I am happy to report this wine is doing just fine, thank you very much. The nose is loaded with raspberry, blackberry with a pleasant smokiness - the palate still has those firm tannins along with black currant fruit dominating, then come those smoky notes from the barrel and some tobacco leaf (a usual tell-tale sign of Cabernet Franc). If you have some in your cellar don't worry you've got lots of time.
(Original Review) ... Talk about belaboring a point, I’m going to tell you once again how much I enjoy a well made Ontario Cabernet Franc and this one truly is a beauty. The nose is just all fruit topped off with candied cherries, there’s also a pretty floral note that makes it even nicer to sit and sniff. The taste is where this one develops more into a wine of rich refinement and enjoyability: juicy cherry fruit, tobacco and enough vanilla notes to make it fully enjoyable … smooth and easy drinking. This wine will help turn you into a Cabernet Franc fan, if you’re not already, if you are, you’ll want to make a multiple purchase and lie a couple of bottles down for a few years to see how it develops. Experience tells me you’ll gonna love this one in 5 years time. As for what it leaves behind on the palate – good acid balance and a supple medium-long black cherry finish – simply delightful, I can’t recommend this wine any higher than I am about to. Price: $19.95 – Rating: *****