NORTH 42 DEGREES ESTATE WINERY
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This 2018 Cabernet Franc from North 42 Degrees Estate Winery is so good it took home the gold medal at the Greater American Wine Competition
Complex and elegant, this fruit forward ruby coloured wine reminds us of the days of jumping into a pile of soft fluffy leaves. It’s bright in personality and soft in its embrace. On the palate you’ll experience red fruits – tree and berry alike, a soft herbaciousness and delicate oak.
Pairs well with all types of protein, roasted vegetables and hard cheeses.
PAGLIONE ESTATE WINERY
Paglione Estate Winery‘s 2019 VQA Cab Franc is a beauty. A full body, notes of strawberry, raspberry, licorice, chili pepper, with a dried fruit and spice finish
This 2019 is a very late harvest cab franc. Their wine maker actually harvested the grapes after the first snowfall last year. People were like, “Dude! WTF?!” telling him that it wasn’t a good idea and that the grapes would just fall off the cluster. Well, he had the last laugh as it worked out to be an exceptional wine that will age beautifully in the bottle.
Fun fact: The grape is such a big part of our region and Ontario our winery cat is named after the grape, “Cat Franc”.
ERIE SHORE VINEYARD
A great value that’s big on flavour and little on price is Erie Shore Vineyard Cab Franc. The wine offers up a deep ruby hue with cherry flavours and aromas with earth undertones.
It has tannins that are mostly smooth. On its own it grips you (silky sensation across your teeth and inside of your cheeks) but when paired with food, the meal will absorb the tannins making this a completely smooth wine.