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Thirty Bench

Thirty Bench
2020 Winemaker’s Blend, Cabernet Franc, Niagara Peninsula VQA

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 13.7% RS: .25%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$19

Thirty Bench
2020 Winemaker’s Blend, Cabernet Franc, Niagara Peninsula VQA

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 13.7% RS: .25%
Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of dark cocoa mole on poblano pepper, cedar shavings and cocoa powder, black currant, smoky, and clove studded roast with a satiny, vibrant, dry medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish that exhibits nuances of black cherry tobacco, cigar box and leather, cocoa and five spice, and cranberry and fig chutney with well-integrated, medium, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. An interesting and food friendly wine that will be a hit when paired with a winter roast.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: dark cocoa mole on poblano pepper, cedar shavings and cocoa powder, black currant, smoky, and clove studded roast
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with nuances of black cherry tobacco, cigar box and leather, cocoa and five spice, and cranberry and fig chutney
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An interesting and food friendly wine that will be a hit when paired with a winter roast.

The Producer

Andrew Peller LTD.

The Producer
697 South Service Road
Grimsby, ON L3M 4E8
Canada
1 905-643-4131

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Cabernet Franc

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Cabernet Franc is very closely related to cabernet sauvignon; it is widely presumed that cabernet franc is just a well established mutation. It is ideally suited to cooler climates, as it buds and ripens earlier than cabernet sauvignon. Additionally, it is less susceptible to poor weather during harvest. In the Medoc and Graves region of Bordeaux, where it typically constitutes about 15% of the final blend, it is seen as a measure of insurance against poor cabernet sauvignon or merlot weather. Cabernet franc used to be planted almost as widely as cabernet sauvignon in Bordeaux well into the 60s, but cabernet sauvignon had swung into such favor that 30 years later it had twice the acreage of cabernet franc.

Cabernet franc tends to be lighter in color and tannins than cabernet sauvignon, with an earlier-maturing character. On Bordeaux's Right Bank, cabernet franc has a stronger foothold, and is best known as the dominant grape in the blend for the famed château, Cheval Blanc. It is the most widely planted red varietal in the Loire, where it yields lighter wines, like Chinon, with distinct herbal overtones. US cabernet francs are still largely in the experimental stage; there is a huge spectrum of interpretations, from heavy Napa wines to lighter styles from the East Coast.

Cabernet Franc is noted for its deep ruby red color and peppery, spicy character. It has moderate tannins and good acidity. Generally a Cabernet Franc should be consumed with some age - at least five years - while the finest versions drink well for more than twenty years.

Pair Cabernet Franc with hearty foods such as wild game, game birds and roasts.