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Lock and Worth Cabernet Franc Rosé White Labeltext
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Lock and Worth Cabernet Franc Rosé White Label 2020

Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaTwo cabernet franc rosés were released from L+W's 2020 vintage: this dry white label one, from Naramata; and the off-dry, grey label rosé from Oliver. Instantly recognizable in the category for its near lack of colour (it's more a light tangerine hue), these cab franc vines were planted in 1995 at Poplar Grove. After destemming, this had 3 hours of skin contact in the press before a stainless ferment, and older barrel aging, with full MLF. It was bottled unfined and unfiltered. This is not about the fruit, but about the place. This is a slight, alluringly saline wine, bone dry and countered by the wild herbal lees bedding the 11% palate. There's some subtle quince, Rainier cherry, and apricot fuzz pencilling this rosé, finishing with a bergamot twist and rinse. So smashable and finessed, this will doubtlessly sell out near rapidly, as ever, so stock up while you can (and at this killer good price, why would you not?)Tasted: 29 April 2021Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 17.00 winery direct Producer: Lock & WorthDistributors: Storied Wines & Spirits
Grape: Cabernet FrancCSPC: 633933