2017 Poplar Grove Cabernet Franc, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia (750ml)

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Founded in 1993, Poplar Grove Winery is one of the original five wineries on the Naramata Bench in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. Barb and Tony Holler purchased their original homestead property in 2004, and purchased the Poplar Grove winery in 2007. Holler Estate Vineyards started with their original five acres of Merlot. Today, the family farms more than 130 acres of estate vineyards featuring eight key varietals which include Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. The family is widely recognized for crafting their outstanding signature red blend The Legacy, as well as delicious Cabernet Franc and Merlot focused red wines and an exceptional Pinot Gris. The Hollers are leading the journey to put Okanagan Valley wines on the map with an unwavering commitment to traditional farming and winemaking principles.

The 2017 Cabernet Franc (100%) is a micro-selection of the best lots from the estate vineyard on the slope of Penticton’s landmark Munson Mountain, just below the winery. The Cabernet Franc was hand-picked and sorted in the Munson Mountain estate vineyard by the Poplar Grove Winery team. The berries were crushed and cold-soaked for three days. The wine lots were kept separate for 18 months in both new and older French oak barrels before the final blend was assembled for bottling. It was then aged in bottle for an additional 18 months prior to release.

Dark garnet with purple hues. Complex aromatics of dark fruit, black olive and mint. Mouth-filling flavors of blackberry, blueberry, plum and a hint of pipe tobacco. Very opulent. Beautiful texture. An extremely sexy and sophisticated iteration of Cabernet Franc, and a fine testament to the potential of the Okanagan. Absolutely fabulous!

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