2016 Carretto Cabernet Franc
The 2016 Vintage was extremely hot with little rainfall and lots of sunshine. To protect the grapes we left foliage on the vines providing extensive canopy. The soil was able to hold moisture through the season to ensure the vines remained healthy in the heat, producing a crop balanced in sugars, water and acidity- a known Niagara trait.
The nose of our Carretto Cabernet Franc is ripe and savoury with stewed berries (strawberry and raspberry), fresh blackberry, black pepper and kirsch, along with ample oak derived characteristics like vanilla, clove and charred wood. The palate is wonderfully balanced with lively acidity and young, yet soft tannins which will mellow even further with bottle ageing. Despite the wines long projected lifespan, it is a joy to taste now especially alongside hearty dishes and after an hour in a decanter.
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: 14.0% ABV
Residual Sugar: 3.2 g/L