Ontario Reviews

Norman Hardie 2009 Cabernet Franc
For years Norman has been showing us great examples of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Prince Edward County ... he has even shown us spots of brilliance with Rieslings along the way. But who knew that Norman had also caught the Cabernet Franc bug and that he's been looking for the right vineyard to make it from. And now he's finally found it. The Foster Vineyard (in PEC) has 13 year old vines that are kept cropped to 2 tons per acre. That gives Norman the concentration of flavours he's looking for to make his delicate Loire-style (read: Chinon) Franc. This really is a beauty for Franc lovers; nice cherry and tobacco notes course through the wine making it both pleasing on the nose and palate, a good seam of acidity cleanses the mouth leaving behind those cherry-tobacco flavours on the finish, plus the added bonus of a touch of spice, probably derived from the 14 months of ageing in 500L and 225L barrels. Cellaring is possible for about 5 years, but the 2 year mark should be the sweet spot for this one. Now that he's found his vineyard Norman plans to wow us with his Franc every year - just like he has done with his Pinots and Chardonnays. Price: $25.00 - Rating: **** 1/2
Cabernet Franc
Prince Edward County
Available at the winery

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