2020 Wismer Cabernet Franc

92 points - Rick VanSickle, WinesInNiagara.com
92 Points - Michael Godel, Winealign.com
91 Points - Vic Harradine, Winecurrent.com

Winemaker's Notes

100% Cabernet Franc

Aromas of black raspberry, plum, baked blueberry and elderberry, spiced by cinnamon and violet, invite the nose to a long, pensive draw.  
The mouthfeel is luscious and intense.  
Dark fruit flavours with cherry, raisin and cocoa translate to the palate, trailing to a toasty, spicy, herbal finish.

Picked at the Wismer Vineyard October 13th as grape sugars averaged 24.1° Brix.

Freshly picked grapes were destemmed before primary fermentation in two large oak cuves.  After, 12% of the wine drained to new French oak puncheons and the rest to more neutral (2nd – 6th use) French oak barriques.  The whole was blended back into mature barrels to age for an additional 3 months before bottling in December 2021.

At the time of bottling, alcohol measured 13.5%; Residual Sugar 0 g; Titratable Acidity 7.2 grams per litre; pH 3.45

Dry: 0 g residual sugar

Vegan friendly.           Certified Sustainable Winemaking.

                           Ontario Certified Sustainable Winemaking

 

Food companions:

Serve near 14° C with roast pork or lamb, beef stew or pasta in herbed tomato sauce.

92 points - Rick VanSickle, WinesInNiagara.com
Freshly picked grapes were destemmed before primary fermentation in two large oak cuves. After, 12% of the wine was drained to new French oak puncheons and rest to more neutral barriques. The whole was blended back into mature barrels to age for an additional three months. It has an attractive dark purple colour in the glass and nose of black raspberries, bramble, floral notes, anise, plums, and Christmas spices. The polished tannins on the palate are smooth with earthy/savoury red berries, black licorice, toasted oak spice notes and a lifted, long finish. Can cellar up to seven years.

92 Points - Michael Godel, Winealign.com
Quite liquid chalky and multi-berry aromatic cabernet franc here with Wismer’s spot on pick at the forefront of what’s in store. Showing that 2020 development, full phenolic maturity and really established tannins, neither green nor austere. A moment of red pepper jam and Chinon earthiness, metallics too, plus musk and playfulness. Needs an additional year for the clay chalkiness to integrate, along with the newly announced state of the wood. Last tasted April 2022

91 Points - Vic Harradine, Winecurrent.com
Alluring aromas of juicy, dark cherry-berry fruit interlaced with grilled savoury herbs, baking spice and earthy notes abound on the nose of this juicy gem. It races over the palate with plenty of spicy, lip-smacking tang and nerve and verve acidity along with flavourful dark, juicy, palate fruit-flavours with dark Bing cherry, black currant and dark plum compote to the fore. It’s good to pour now after a two-hour aeration decant.