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Tinhorn Creek Innovation Series Whole Cluster Cabernet Franc
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Tinhorn Creek Innovation Series Whole Cluster Cabernet Franc 2016

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaPart of Tinhorn's new Innovation Series, 250 cases of this single vineyard cab franc were made. This was an experiment with whole cluster and native ferment, then racked to French oak for 16 months prior to bottling. I was surprised by the medium pale hue of this bigger red, one ringed with smoke, but not choked by it. Give this youthful red some airtime to reveal finessed raspberry, soft wild strawberries, cracked peppercorn and tight wood spicing, held by nubby, fine tannins. The warmth of the southern Okanagan is felt in the finish of this youthful wine, inviting grilled pork or sausage. The most finessed Tinhorn Creek wine in recent memory, and a welcome lighter direction.Tasted: 16 January 2019Tasted by: Prices: BC 45.99 VQA shops, private wine shops Producer: Tinhorn Creek VineyardsDistributors: Trialto Wine Group
Varietal: Cabernet FrancUPC: 624802181349