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Ontario Reviews

Honsberger 2017 Cabernet Franc

Honsberger’s winemaker, Kelly Mason, nails Cabernet Franc again and again and again … now with 2017 under her belt, she shows she’s really got this grape down pat. All French, all used, 10 barrels in total with one second fill and the rest neutral for 18 months and 50% wild ferment … though all this the wine has become soft and focused with a fruit forward aspect, but there’s also some herbal components. It opens with cassis, black raspberry and white pepper moves into cherry-tobacco then adds smoky and even some earthy notes; all culminating in a long finish that showcases acidity and tannins without going over-the-top. This has perfect Franc character: think of it as Loire meets Ontario heat.  Price: $32.00 - Rating: **** ½+

Cabernet Franc
Niagara Escarpment
at the winery

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