92 pts

Expression Cabernet Franc Rosé 2021

Tasting Notes

Bright pink in the glass. The nose is intense with aromas of wild strawberries, candied raspberries, watermelon and a touch of pink peppercorn. The palate is dry, with refreshing acidity and flavours of strawberries and blood orange. The finish is long and persistent with lingering notes of candied berries.

Drink well chilled on release with caprese salad, grilled tuna or a charcuterie board. Will soften and develop further complexities with medium-term aging.

This wine is Vegan Friendly.

Available at the LCBO. Check here for store availability.

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VQA Niagara Peninsula


Select Niagara Peninsula


100% Cabernet Franc






3 grams/Litre

Wine, like art, is an expression. An expression of the winemaker’s style, the vineyard’s terroir, the grape variety, and your taste.


The Cabernet Franc was picked at almost full maturity at the end of September and approximately 24 hours on skins creating an intense colour in the must. It was then fermented to full dryness in stainless steel tanks and aged for two months before being bottled in late January 2022 following light fining and filtration.


Late winter and early spring had higher than average temperatures leading to an early bud break on May 10th (one week earlier than last year). The high temperatures continued through spring leading to rapid canopy development, flowering and fruit set. The heat continued through the summer with just enough rain to refresh the vines. Harvest began in late August with Chardonnay for sparkling. After a two week break due to excessive rain, harvest continued throughout late September and early October with aromatic whites and lighter reds. Harvest continued throughout October and November with later ripening reds, ending with Cabernet Sauvignon in late November. Overall, yields were moderate due to thorough sorting and preventative management. Wines should be drunk on release or cellared for the medium-term.


92 pts

Carolyn Evans Hammond , The Toronto Star

Given the choice to buy a dirt-cheap, delicious wine from a winery that pockets the profits and one that gives back in meaningful ways, bet you’d chose the latter. So read on to discover five wines that tick all three boxes — starting with one from Ontario.
The newly launched 2021 13th Street Winery Expression Cabernet Franc Rosé, VQA Niagara Peninsula ($15.95 LCBO, Winery) that began arriving on shelves at the LCBO in March tastes beautiful, won’t break the bank, and supports Canadian artists. Twenty-five cents from each bottle sold goes to 13th Street’s Expression Project that funds awards and scholarships at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) as well as Brock University.
Each sip of this dry rosé erupts with a rush of red berry fruit — especially fresh strawberries — laced with lemon, grapefruit zest, a whisper of sea salt and touch of pink peppercorn. It’s a perfect porch swing sipper — with or without the porch swing. Stock up for summer. Score: 92
The Toronto Star April 14, 2022

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