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Fort Berens Cabernet Franc Reservetext

Fort Berens Cabernet Franc Reserve 2020

British Columbia, CanadaThis Lillooet cabernet franc is grown on the home estate Dry Creek Vineyard. At 12 years of age, the site is just beginning to become its own. 2020 was aged for 15 months in all French oak (yeah!), which was 50 percent new and 50 percent second fill barrels. Look for a savoury herbaceous red with some band aid notes. The tannins are present but manageable before a palate of savoury, smoky meat and black fruit takes over, with a hint of vanilla and oak in the finish. The grapes are row selected and picked late in the season for optimal ripeness, and post ferment, extended skin maceration was employed to add body and structure to the wine. A little drier than I would like but let’s see what happens down the road.Tasted: 15 June 2023Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices:
BC$44.99750mlwinery online/direct, select private retailers, grocery
Producer: Fort Berens Estate WineryDistributors: The Drinks List
Grape: Cabernet FrancCSPC: 137604UPC: 626990106265