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Painted Rock Cabernet Franc 2014

Canada, British Columbia
Painted Rock Cabernet Franc 2014
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer Painted Rock Estate Winery
Vintage 2014
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Cabernet Franc
¥9,130
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer Painted Rock Estate Winery
Vintage 2014
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Cabernet Franc
Data
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 14.5%
Product Code B006R00514
UPC 626990206309
Inventory Very Low Stock (3)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

Deeply smoky aromas with notes of basil, vanilla, chocolate and coffee jump out of the glass. A weighty, fully bodied wine with grippy tannins, bright acid and ripe fruit on the palate. Long finish with flavours of dark fruit, baking spices, chocolate, coffee and tobacco.

Reviews & Ratings

Gold Medal Winner - National Wine Awards of Canada 2018

93 Pts - Daenna van Mulligen
Elegant, expressive, energetic. 2014 was a textbook Okanagan vintage for Painted Rock, hot, consistent and a nicely tapered September. This opulent Cabernet Franc spent 18 months in 30% new French oak barrels before bottling. Notable sweet raspberry, blueberry, vanilla and crushed violet aromas leap energetically from the glass and are followed by pipe tobacco and baking spices. It is a juicy and expressive, feminine style; mouth-filling and smooth overall, it also boasts fine textural tannins, which add chew. It has a slick weight and long elegant finish.

92 Pts - John Schreiner
This wine was aged 18 months in French oak (30% new). It begins with rich, intense aromas of smoky black cherry and vanilla. The oak subtly frames the flavours of plum, black currant, black cherry and coffee. The finish is long, with hints of dark fruit and chocolate. The ripe tannins still have some grip suggesting the wine will age well for a decade. Decant it if you want to drink it now.

Production

Appellation

BC VQA Okanagan Valley

Vintage Notes

The 2014 growing year was an exceptional one; the temperatures were hot but consistent, leading to well balanced and beautifully ripe fruit. September cooled nicely to slow the sugar development while the flavours and tannin continued to develop and the bright acidity was retained. This has gone down as a “textbook Okanagan vintage” and the first of which that Painted Rock has seen. Reviewers have commented that the reds of the 2014 vintage have the potential to be “show-stoppers”.

Vinification

Aged 18 months in 30% new French oak.

Producer

Producer Description

Vision

Painted Rock began with John and Trish Skinner’s belief that the Okanagan Valley had enormous, largely unrealized, potential. While the area was long known for producing some of the world’s finest fruit, it was the wines produced from the 1980’s “Vinifera Program” (where vineyards were paid to remove high producing, inferior hybrids and plant vinifera) that convinced the Skinner’s that the Okanagan would one day be an internationally recognized wine region. John knew that if they wanted to be involved, and make an impact, they had to move quickly. The goal was simple: find the best property and apply the most aggressive mandate for quality. Their extensive search took nearly three years and ended when they found “The Black Hawk”, a spectacular 56 acre bench on Skaha Lake in Penticton. In 2004 they purchased what was once “the largest apricot orchard in the British Commonwealth”. The orchard had been felled in the 1980’s and had lain fallow since.

Detailed analysis of the property occurred for the next year while the site was prepared and the property was planted in 2005.  Envisioned as a family-run estate winery, the assumption was that this could be some of the finest “terroir” in the world and it was their job to deliver on its promise.   From expertise to equipment to mandate the commitment was and remains uncompromising. According to John Skinner, “If Painted Rock is going to compete with the best in the world we must have confidence in our terroir and allow it to express its uniqueness. That's why we are 100% Estate."

Our Vineyard

1 vineyard: Our estate sits atop a 56 acre bench. Currently 27 acres are planted.

52,500 plants: The majority were planted in 2005, with small infill plantings done in 2006, 2009, 2018 and an additional Chardonnay block planted in 2017. High density plantings with 2,100 plants per acre at 7’x3’ spacing.

15 clones + 3 Rootstocks: Our clones and rootstock were sourced and propagated from a Bordeaux nursery. Each variety has at least two clones planted to offer blending opportunities and complexity.

UNIQUE SITE INFLUENCES:

  • West sloping bench
  • Surrounding amphitheatre of rock
  • Lake reflection
  • East-west planting strategy
  • Natural pest eliminators

LAND COMPOSITION:

  • Top soil
  • Layers of glacial silt, clay, sand and volcanic ash deposits
  • Underlying gravels

INTENTIONAL FARMING:

  • No pesticides used
  • Root training used to reduce irrigation
  • Labour intensive vigor pruning strategy implemented

Winemaking

Our pursuit of pure terroir expression.

  • Uncompromising. Since our beginning a conscious decision has been made to never cut corners. Our property has the potential and it is up to us to realize it.
  • Collaborative winemaking. Consultant Alain Sutre of Ertus Consulting in Bordeaux oversees the vineyard and winemaking team, lead locally by Gabriel Reis.
  • 100% single varietal wines. All varietally labelled wines are true single varieties.
  • Hand harvested. To ensure pristine berries, only undamaged clusters are harvested, gently destemmed and hand sorted.
  • No transportation. With our winery and vineyard onsite, there is no travel or delay between harvesting and processing, and no environmental impact from grape transportation.
  • Unfiltered. Our red wines are never filtered to ensure their most complete expression.
  • Renewable Energy. Solar panels were installed on our winery in 2017 to provide the power needs for the estate.
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