92 POINTS – Michael Godel – winealign.com, June 1, 2022
91 POINTS & SILVER – Decanter Wine Awards 2022
Vineyard: Dry Creek Vineyard, Fort Berens Estate Winery in Lillooet.
The grapes for this 100% estate wine were hand picked from select rows in our vineyard with low cropping levels. A combination of pumpovers and pushdowns extracted maximum flavour and colour from the grapes. The wine was aged in barrels for 15 months, 43% new and 72% French oak and is unfined and unfiltered.
With rich notes of dark chocolate, violets, tobacco and ripe plums, this Cabernet Franc Reserve is well rounded with a beautiful, lengthy finish. This full-bodied, well-balanced wine features notes of black currants and spice. It has a great structure and a lengthy finish. Left unfined and unfiltered, it is recommended to decant the wine prior to serving.
This wine is ready now and will peak by 2024. With proper cellaring, you can age this wine until 2029.
Enjoy this versatile wine on its own by the fireplace, or pair with grilled steak, roasted eggplant, and root vegetables.