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Hester Creek Block 3 Reserve Cabernet Franc
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Hester Creek Block 3 Reserve Cabernet Franc 2016

Golden Mile Bench, Oliver, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaGolden Mile Bench's Hester Creek estate vineyard Block 3 turned fifty in 2018, a rare feat in our young wine industry. After fermenting on skins and a gentle press, this cabernet franc is aged in a combo of French (75 percent) and American (25 percent) oak barrels for 18 months prior to release. Perfumed cassis, wild blackberry, thorns, violets coat the full palate, one cushioned by tuggy / structured tannins and centered on a core of juicy cool black plum. Cedar lingers on the sticky finish. Very much in youth, but for current / short term drinking, especially alongside beef tenderloin. This wine continues to show much promise but we are still wondering what an all-French oak version would look like.Tasted: 13 October 2018Tasted by: Treve Ring & Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 28.95 winery direct, private wine shops Producer: Hester Creek Estate WineryDistributors: Peacock and Martin Wine Merchants
Varietal: Cabernet FrancCSPC: 467332UPC: 626037001157