2017 Carretto Cabernet Franc
The 2017 vintage began with a mild January, with precipitation in the region above normal- rain, not snow was a factor for the beginning of the year. February was warm, and above average temperatures, including record- setting days were common. Spring and summer also saw warm temperatures accompanying high volume precipitation.
Southeastern Ontario saw heavy rainfall toward the tail-end of July and beginning of August, however, sunny day interruptions allowed grapes to keep maturing and keep fungal bacterial infections at bay. September saw steady warm and dry conditions, which continues throughout October and November, leading to ideal conditions during regular harvest.
A deep garnet wine showing aromas of liquorice, ripe berry, cherry and prune with hints of cigar and flint. The palate is subtle and fruity with flavors of ripe raspberries, plums, cherries and a stony, flinty finish. Some astringency and body add to the intensity, which come from the ripeness of the grape at harvest. Additional tertiary characters come from the aging in French oak barrels for 19 months.
This wine is very food friendly and would be best served with foods higher in protein, starch and salt, as to soften tannins and acidity- think lamb stew, vegetable lasagna, pepper-crusted steak, aged cheeses and game meats.
Appellation: VQA Niagara-on-the-Lake
Blend: 100% Cabernet Franc
Oak Aging: 19 months French Oak
Alcohol: 14.5% ABV
Residual Sugar: 2.0 g/L