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2017 Turtle Rock Farms Cabernet Franc

2017 Turtle Rock Farms Cabernet Franc

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2017 Turtle Rock Farms Cabernet Franc
These two wines represent the favourites from the vintage and are the purest expression of these grapes from this site this vintage. 2017 was a complicated vintage (get used to hearing that, things only get more complicated each year since) that started out a bit cool and late but picked up steam as the year went on. For those of us who stayed on top of things in the vineyard, the resulting wines are showing great structure with some more delicacy than the last couple years along with some serious aromatics. These are ripe but structured wines, lots of elegance and no excess. They're showing great now but I also think they'll have a really interesting and long evolution. 

Fresh ground coffee, sarsaparilla and blackberry lead the way on this wine that shows a pure and pretty expression of Cabernet Franc. 100% whole cluster fermented. Cellar for 8+ years, 12.8%. 68 cases bottled.

'From a single vineyard high up on Naramata Bench, on a granite and gravel base, this cabernet franc was whole cluster fermented before spending 22 months in French oak (50% new). The wine was then bottled without fining or filtration. The black cherry, blackberry, black raspberry that floods the deeper palate is threaded with espresso, tobacco, and dusty gravels. Acidity is lofted and bright, and tannins are ample, but well integrated into the pillow of fruit. The generosity of fruit is very well handled here, resulting in an elegant, fuller, floral expression of site and grape. 91 points'
- Treve Ring, Gismondi on Wine August 12 2021