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Painted Rock Cabernet Franc 2019

Skaha Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada2019 is another blockbuster. The black raspberry folds effortlessly into the ultra-smooth textures, flecked with tobacco, desert scrub, and spicy oak on the palate. It's youthful but seemingly gaining in refinement as the vineyard ageing and the winemaking settles in. Again, there is no rush to drink this wine, and like in 2017, it has exceptional potential. The fruit is hand picked off a single 3.01 acre block, then berry sorted. The winemaking is Bordelais: a four-day cold soak is followed by 21 days on the skins in the tank with twice daily pump-overs. The batches were barrel aged for 18 months in 40% new French oak and blended before bottling. Unfiltered.Tasted: 12 December 2021Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 44.99 winery direct, private wine shops Producer: Painted Rock Estate WineryDistributors: Winery Direct
Grape: Cabernet FrancCSPC: 890327UPC: 626990206309