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Vinalia x Cave Spring, Cabernet Franc

Canada, 2021
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From our neighbors to the north, this Cabernet Franc represents the remarkable viticulture of the Beamsville Bench. Nestled along the Niagara Escarpment, this unique wine region is gaining recognition worldwide. Its microclimate and fertile clay-loam soils, enriched by centuries of limestone and shale, create an ideal environment for cultivating high-quality grapes. The moderated temperatures and extended growing season, courtesy of Lake Ontario, allow the grapes to mature slowly, capturing the essence of the terroir. This varietal thrives in the region's conditions, yielding a wine with unparalleled flavor depth. Its deep ruby hue and layered aromas of ripe blackcurrant, green bell pepper, and earthy undertones set the stage. On the palate, it is a symphony of luscious dark berries, spice, and tobacco, balanced by bright acidity and robust tannins. Rich yet balanced, full-bodied yet elegant, this Cabernet Franc is a love letter to the Beamsville Bench, where terroir, climate, and winemaking converge.


GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Cabernet Franc (cab-er-nay frahnk)
REGION: Beamsville Bench, VQA, Niagara Peninsula, Canada
DRINK IF YOU LIKE: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec
ALCOHOL: 13.5%

This Cabernet Franc from Cave Spring proves why so many winegrowers on the Niagara Peninsula rightfully find so much potential for this grape in Ontario. The wine illicits all the classic earthy and floral Cabernet Franc notes—crushed violets, cracked pepper, tobacco leaf—punctuated by generous raspberry and black plum flavors. Framed by suave, velvety tannins and elongated with a bright, dark-fruited acidity, the wine demonstrates length and ageworthiness.

Grilled meats, burgers, roasted mushrooms, poutine, charcuterie, hard cheeses, crisp autumn nights, bonfires

Cave Spring Vineyard, a pioneer in the wine industry, has spent over four decades honing its reputation for creating wines that truly capture the essence of their vineyards. With a commitment to sustainability and strict industry standards, Cave Spring Vineyard has distinguished itself as a producer of high-quality wines. Led by Len Pennachetti, the co-founder of Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA), Cave Spring has played a crucial role in establishing Niagara Peninsula as a recognized wine region.

Vinalia x Cave Spring, Cabernet Franc

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