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Hester Creek Block 3 Reserve Cabernet Franc

Hester Creek Block 3 Reserve Cabernet Franc 2015

Golden Mile Bench, Oliver, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaBlock 3, on the Golden Mile Bench, turns fifty years old in 2018. The current release of their well-known cabernet franc is 2016, but I was able to take a boo at the 2015, from the hottest year on record in the Okanagan. This feels every inch of the heat, plus 16 months in wood, 25 percent American and 75 percent French. Thick with sun-baked, ripe, black fruit (cherries, cassis, black plums), this is dragged across the full palate by tuggy tannins, and a fine line of acid, to a peppery, cedar spiced, very hot finish. Even now, this requires beef or beet stew to counter.Tasted: 13 October 2018Tasted by: Prices: BC 28.95 winery direct, private wine shops Producer: Hester Creek Estate WineryDistributors: Peacock and Martin Wine Merchants
Varietal: Cabernet FrancCSPC: 467332UPC: 626037001157