Hillebrand 2005 Trius Cabernet Franc
Original Review ... As Hillebrand waited for their 2004 Cabernet Franc to sell through, the 2005 edition just got better and better as it aged in bottle. As you may be aware, 2005 was the short-crop year in Ontario, but an amazing growing year. Because of the grape tonnage shortfall Hillebrand made only 3 red wines in 2005 … this is the last of those to come to market and the only single varietal (the other two were blends). 12 months in 65% French and 35% American oak, this wine exhibits a lush black cherry/byng cherry, tobacco, cinnamon and vanilla oak nose. In the mouth, it’s soft and silky, with lots of black fruit and oak characteristics. The fruit and oak are still finding their way together, but so far this is one is shaping up to be one lovely wine, an absolute steal for that price. Shows great potential for mid-term aging, best between 2009-2013. Price: $14.95
Cabernet Franc
Niagara Peninsula
at the winery, thru WineryToHome and at the LCBO
(Re-Tasted July 2012) ... Last wine from the July 6th taste-a-thon and it seems I saved the best for last ... this Trius Cabernet Franc lived up to its promise and more. Even seven years from vintage date the fruit is still all over this wine on both the nose and palate. Tobacco, raspberry and cherry lead the charge on the nose here, and in the mouth it is harmonious and well-constructed. The tannins are still holding their own but softening, the taste is still fruit driven, vibrant and tasty - this wine should hold easily for another 2-3 years if not a full five. Seems I have a few more bottles so we'll check in with it at a later date ... I am hoping for good things, and if you're holding some you should expect it too - but if you decide to drink now you're gonna love it, it might be time to pull out a full bottles and enjoy.

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