2011 Essence Cabernet Franc 92

Classic aromas of red raspberry, roasted red bell pepper and warm chocolate


  • APPELLATION: VQA Niagara Peninsula
  • VINEYARD(S): Various
  • GRAPE VARIETY(IES): 100% Cabernet Franc
  • BRIX AT HARVEST: 22.9°
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR: 6 grams– dry
  • TOTAL PRODUCTION: 155 cases


This Cabernet Franc is a selection of our very best French barrels from the 2011 harvest. A blend of 12% new, 35% second use and the balance 3rd use and older barrels, this very specific choice comes as a result of multiple samplings and blending trials throughout the life of the wine. A total of 22 barrels of Cabernet Franc were made in 2011, however only the cream of the crop – 8 barrels – were chosen for this wine. A deep rich ruby, this wine offers classic aromas of red raspberry, roasted red bell pepper and warm chocolate with hints of coffee/mocha and vanilla bean from the oak. Very concentrated with remarkable density, youthful grippy tannins and a long earthy finish.

Certainly a wine well suited to cellaring through 2019, if enjoying it sooner please feel free to serve at cellar temperature, decant up to 1 hour in advance and use full-sized balloon style stemware. Classic pairings include roasted and grilled red meats, especially those with gamey notes such as lamb or certain cuts of well-aged grass-fed beef. Roasted vegetables with middle eastern or Mediterranean spices and herbs, firm, aged sheep’s milk cheeses such as Pecorino or Ossau Iraty will also marry beautifully with this robust supple red.

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92 Points

"The nose of this Cab Franc is a treat — smoky, swirling spices to go with sweet cherry pie, plums, blueberry, black currants, cigar leaf and violets. It’s ripe and concentrated in the mouth, a big wine to be sure, with meaty, lavish fruit and grippy tannins but the lush fruits and spice are never overshadowed by the oak. A well done Cab Franc that will need time to be fully appreciated."


Cabernet Franc

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