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(Re-Tasted August 2012) ... "Hello sweetheart," is how I should have greeted this bottle, had I known the wonders of its contents, but instead it was just another pull of a cork. But this 7 year old Cabernet Franc was a spectacular find in my cellar. The fruit was truly amazing: dark and spicy ... and the nose kept giving up more and intriguing aromas that the palate seemed to match note for note. At first there was that dark fruit with hints of cedar, pipe tobacco and anise; then as the night wore on it developed peppered/spiced cranberry notes and vanilla-licorice. This beauty of a bottle still has plenty of time to develop, though I suspect the wood is going to intensify and the fruit character will diminish - will it happen tomorrow or in the next week - I doubt it, it might not happen for a few more years, but what I can tell you for certain is that this wine, right now, has the perfect mix of fruit, oak and character - the more I drank the more awesome this wine became.
Original Review ... It’s only a matter of time before Ontario winemakers start to really pay attention to what this grape is telling them – if you lean in real close you can actually hear them whispering, “I’m your grape.” Name any other grape and I’ll give you the country that is most recognized for it … but Cabernet Franc is a homeless wanderer – until now. Ontario winemakers should be focusing on this grape as our signature red wine. This Thirty Bench is a perfect example of what can be done with Franc here: blackberries, currants and sweet pipe smoke on the nose; black cherries, blackberries, cassis and a touch of tobacco in the mouth. Lush, fruity and ultimately enjoyable … that’s how Ontario Cab Franc are made.