“This wine must be a vegetarian’s nightmare.”
The Hester Creek Block 3 Cabernet Franc 2010 knocked it out of the park earlier this summer by winning a Lieutenant Governor’s Award of Excellence, and after our tasting, there’s no doubt in our minds that it truly deserves the praise and recognition.
The grapes for this wine come from Block 3, some of the estate’s oldest planting of Cabernet in the Okanagan Valley, in British Columbia. The winery says that the wine can age well for 5 to 10 years, but with decanting, it’s very ready right now.
But enough chit-chat, let’s start sipping.
In the glass, this is a ruby red, medium-bodied wine.
On the nose, it’s smoky, fatty bacon with a juicy medley of blackberries, raspberries and black currants. Sweet woody herbs and soft spiciness.
On the palate, this is such a chewy, meaty and fatty wine that it has to be a vegetarian’s nightmare. It’s all things black, black currants, black plums, a touch of raspberries, with gentle toastiness and intense meatiness. With time and air, soft licorice notes come into the mix. There’s good acidity and a strong finish. The tannins are smooth and well-integrated, which makes this a very accessible wine.
It should also be said that there’s no mistaking that this is a classic Cab Franc. If you’ve shied away from this lesser known Cab, this is a fantastic wine to get on a first name basis with this workhorse of a grape.
The 2010 Block 3 Reserve Cabernet Franc is $28.95, available onsite in the Hester Creek Hospitality Centre, and at select restaurants and wine retailers. It’s also available online through the Bench Club loyalty program, which delivers special offers, updates and pre-release opportunities to members. To find out more about Hester Creek Estate winery, visit hestercreek.com. For more information about the 2013 Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in BC Wines, visit ltgov.bc.ca.
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