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Red Barn at Jagged Rock Silent Partner Cabernet Franctext
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16¾/20

Red Barn at Jagged Rock Silent Partner Cabernet Franc 2019

Oliver, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaSilent Partner is 30% whole bunch fermented, adding extra aromatics, although it is not usually an issue with BC cabernet franc. An intracellular or anaerobic fermentation happens inside an uncrushed grape that can produce different flavours and aromatics in a bottle of wine. The stems absorb colour, leading to paler wines, something you see in pinot noir. This wine is aged in concrete to lend it some fullness and round texture without any oak interference. It is cutting edge and another hopeful sign for BC wine. Now to the wine. Wow, what a start. The nose is like a fresh-baked, black fruit pie. The palate is similar, with bright black fruit perfectly ripe and dusted in espresso and black licorice. The finish is almost perfectly balanced, hedonistic, hot, and spicy but with a wonderfully slippery texture that melts into your mouth with a modicum of tannin to shed. Osso Buco would be a great dish, as would Bistecca alla Fiorentina. Super value.Tasted: 12 November 2021Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 24.90 winery online/direct, select private retailers Producer: Red BarnDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Grape: Cabernet FrancUPC: 776545340047