Ontario makes great Cabernet Franc wines because Cabernet Franc is Ontario’s best red wine varietal. That’s my Hemingway-esque declarative statement for the day. I also could have used “It was a good wine because it was an honest wine” – but that seemed dangerously close to plagiarism.
It’s what we drank this weekend with an enormous rack of pork. Cab Franc has a bit of a vegetal / grassy taste to it that reminds me of new green grass or capers. This one was also slightly sour or tangy, but the tannins were perfect.
|ROSEHALL RUN COLD CREEK CABERNET FRANC 2008
VINTAGES 149039 | Price: $ 18.95
What’s a Sullyzwicker?
Just discovered the Rosehall Run brilliantly named Sullyzwicker Red from Prince Edward County – it was $2 off and easy to find on the end aisle at the LCBO.
I like the sour cherry that I get in this blend of 48% Cabernet Franc, 26% Gamay, and a smattering of Pinot Noir and Syrah. It reminds me of a nice summer BBQ wine. Maybe it’s me longing for the Mediterranean sun but it tastes like a Macon Gamay from France or a Bardolino from Italy. I don’t think we need to recork this bottle tonight.
ROSEHALL RUN SULLYZWICKER RED VQA
LCBO 114686 | Price: $ 14.95 ($12.95 at my LCBO)
The name is a blend of winemaker Dan Sullivan‘s name and the word Edelzwicker – a German term that is used to describe blended white wines. Great name and a great red wine that will become a party favorite once everyone discovers it.