2016 Oakville Cabernet Franc, Oakville Station
Big, bold and effusive aromas of black berry, black cherry and baking spices. A hint of sweet vanilla suggests a little time spent on new French oak. As the aromas express themselves, this Cabernet Franc leans towards the rich hedonistic side with a fruit-focused core. Smooth and round on entry, blackberry and red current flavors evolve into a complex blend of ripe summer fruit and sweet dried herbs, with just a touch of floral. Fleshy and full-bodied the savory complexity on the finish gives way to supple tannins and a lingering finish. Approachable now, but you will be rewarded with a little time in the cellar.
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