Vanessa Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2015
90 points – A single barrel of Cabernet Franc was one of the first single varietal wines made from Vanessa Vineyard grapes at Sandhill as a test of the vineyard’s grapes capabilities by Howard Soon. This is the first release under the Vanessa Vineyard label. The vines were planted in 2006 and they are centered in one of the warmest vineyards in British Columbia. The extremely rocky site is the perfect antidote to the highly productive cab franc vines, keeping the yields in check. After 20 months in barrel, this franc has emerged as a hedonistic rich, round, warm, savoury, soft red with sweet berry fruits and a spicy finish that should have wide appeal. More Bolgheri than Bordeaux, it would be interesting to see this with a little less oak but I quibble. Many will love this style with a T-bone steak, and the price is realistic.