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Van Westen Vineyards Vulture
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16¼/20

Van Westen Vineyards Vulture 2017

Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaA good follow up to the outstanding 2016 but not quite in the same class. There are plenty of savoury notes in this fully ripe franc, offering sweet blueberry aroma and a fair amount of oak. The palate is a mix of smoky black fruits with a peppery and savoury undercurrent and just a hint of acidity. Longer and softer than 2016, not quite as chiselled, this will be ready to drink in the near term (three to five years). To be reassessed in two years to see how it's developing in bottle.Tasted: 14 December 2020Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 40.00 winery online/direct, select private retailers, restaurants Producer: Van Westen VineyardsDistributors: Winery Direct
Grape: Cabernet FrancCSPC: 243972UPC: 626990120797