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Vineland Estates bo-teek 2016 Cabernet Franc

In colour a bit darker than most Ontario Cabernet Francs. It has a black cherry colour as opposed to a rubier red colour than I was expecting.

On the nose full of blackberry, black cherry, cherry liqueur with a hint of mocha. I am a bit taken back by its rich aroma.

On the palate more peppery than tannic. Again rather full of blackberry, black cherry with a bit of dates and red plum. There are some definite acids but they are laid back and in no way take the wine out of kilter. A short finish.

At this point in time I will say this is supercharged Cabernet Franc unlike any other I have tried from Ontario. It vaguely reminds me of a Fabre Montamayou from Mendoza in Argentina.

Frankly I think this is still a baby in the bottle. Don’t even think of opening this until 2022 and I think it has the stuffing to last until 2026. This wine is still integrating and assembling itself. If you want to see what an unready wine is like for educational purposes open this and decant for at least an hour. Give 3-5 years in the bottle and you may be drinking an astounding Niagara Cabernet Franc.

Now poor me trying to rate this immature wine! I do have 10 points which are discretionary which go to whether I like the wine in the glass now which in many ways are based on the technicalities of the wine but I think I will use this discretionary factor to include what the wine might be like in the future.

(Vineland Estates bo-teek 2016 Cabernet Franc Clone327, VQA Twenty Mile Bench, Vineland Estates Winery, Vineland, Ontario, 14%, $35, 750 mL, Set The Bar Rating 92/100).

Although the 2015 is in the LCBO the 2016 is not so you’ll have to order from the winery or wait until it hits the LCBO shelves.

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