Ontario Reviews

Vineland Estates 2009 Elevation Cabernet
“I think you’re gonna like this one,” said Dave as he poured me the last of the 3 wines Vineland had on for tasting during the New Vintages Tailgate Party, "you’re a Cab Franc slut.” Man does he have me pegged but boy was he right. There is no way you could tell Brian Schmidt (winemaker at Vineland), that 2009 was a bad year for Franc because he nailed it. A blend of 94% Cabernet Franc and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon this is another stunning version of an Ontario Franc from one of the wineries that does it justice. Aged 18 months in all French oak with a fair amount of new this wine displays aromas of tobacco and cherry on the nose, which to most would seem simplistic, but the palate more that doubles your pleasure factor. Cherry, sour raspberry, cigar box / tobacco and some elegant spice hold down the fort with a nice acid bite on the finish to balance everything out nicely. I had to ask for a second glass just to make sure I tasted the first one correctly … I suspect you will too as you buy that second third and fourth bottle for later enjoyment. Price: $25.00 – Rating: **** ½
Cabernet Franc
Niagara Peninsula
at the winery

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