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Seven Directions Fruitvale Ridge Vineyard Cabernet Franc Rosé

Seven Directions Fruitvale Ridge Vineyard Cabernet Franc Rosé 2018

West Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaSeven Directions is a virtual winery owned and operated by Kristine Witkowski. The wines are made by the highly passionate consulting winemaker Daniel Bontorin, of Bottega Wine Studio. Seven Directions is making wines inspired by the Provençal model. All wines are single vineyard designates, and they are farmed from bud break to the harvest to end up as rosé. Fruitvale Ridge is a cabernet franc rosé grown in Osoyoos over a mix of rocky, loamy, clay soils. 2018 was a smoky year, sot photosynthesis, and hence ripening time, was retarded by the layers of smoke that blocked the sunlight. There doesn’t appear to be any smoke damage although Bontorin was careful with the skins. There was no maceration except during the crush. At 1.3 grams of residual sugar, this wine is essentially bone dry. It is a slightly bigger version of the Tractor and Vines Vineyard, with an earthier, spicy character running through wild strawberry fruit dusted in sagebrush. Try this with grilled pork chops.Tasted: 18 April 2019Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 19.99 winery direct, private wine shops Producer: Bottega Wine StudiosDistributors: Massey Wines & Spirits Ltd.
Grape: Cabernet FrancCSPC: 620187UPC: 626990325024