Foreign Affair 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

In 2016 you really didn’t need do the drying grape thing, they were already pretty ripe, but the “gimmick” at Foreign Affair is drying and this one saw “partial appassimento” (22% for 100 days) – spent 18 months in both French and American oak (40% new) and now sits at 14.9% alcohol … but thankfully that’s not the whole story. Lots of rich brooding tannins hit the mouth and linger on the finish, but take a few more sips and black cherry, blackberry and white smoke with mocha / chocolate, vanilla and even a touch of anise … There’s a sweet fruit middle with a dry silky finish as those tannins smooth out with air and time.  Price: $39.95 - Rating: ****+

Cabernet Sauvignon
Niagara Escarpment
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