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Burrowing Owl Cabernet Franc 2018

Canada, British Columbia
93 WSC
89 GOW
Burrowing Owl Cabernet Franc 2018

A fresh, pure and vibrant Cabernet Franc showing currants, plum and blueberry with notes of dried flowers and fresh violet and complex paprika, clove, orange zest, sage and dark chocolate. The palate is dry and quite full for Cabernet Franc with lots of vanilla and toast, crisp juicy acidity and structured tannins for aging with intense cassis, blackberry, blueberry and black cherry flavours that linger on the long finish.

Rhys Pender, Master of Wine

Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer Burrowing Owl Estate Winery
Vintage 2018
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Cabernet Franc
¥5,830

A fresh, pure and vibrant Cabernet Franc showing currants, plum and blueberry with notes of dried flowers and fresh violet and complex paprika, clove, orange zest, sage and dark chocolate. The palate is dry and quite full for Cabernet Franc with lots of vanilla and toast, crisp juicy acidity and structured tannins for aging with intense cassis, blackberry, blueberry and black cherry flavours that linger on the long finish.

Rhys Pender, Master of Wine

Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer Burrowing Owl Estate Winery
Vintage 2018
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Cabernet Franc
Data
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 14%
Product Code B005R00118
UPC 688229005183
Inventory In Stock (116)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

A fresh, pure and vibrant Cabernet Franc showing currants, plum and blueberry with notes of dried flowers and fresh violet and complex paprika, clove, orange zest, sage and dark chocolate. The palate is dry and quite full for Cabernet Franc with lots of vanilla and toast, crisp juicy acidity and structured tannins for aging with intense cassis, blackberry, blueberry and black cherry flavours that linger on the long finish.

Pairing

Pair this with beet steaks with crispy onions or roast venison with sage and currant sauce.

Cellaring

Enjoy through 2028

Press
93winescores.ca
Fragrant, delicious, satisfying. This estate Cabernet Franc was oak aged for 18 months, bottled unfiltered and then saw additional bottle age.  Fragrant sweet cherry and plummy aromas are melded with currents, dried violets, cedar, pipe tobacco and sarsaparilla. Wonderfully fruit-forward, plush and mouthfilling, it has a lengthy licorice and mocha finish. A delicious wine, concentrated and very satisfying.
89Gismondionwine
The fruit was handpicked in early November, fermented and age in a 60/25/15 mix of French, Hungarian and American oak (60 percent new) for 18.5 months. The BOV franc opens with a spicy, savoury dark plum fruit nose. The theme carries onto the palate among the youthful oak and vanilla framed with intense cassis and blueberries with a twist of balsamic and a sprinkle of espresso. It will need five years to settle in, but if you can’t wait, think roasted pork or mushroom and veal osso buco.
Production

Appellation

BC VQA Okanagan Valley

Vintage Notes

2018 was a moderate growing season that started with an earlier budbreak and a warmer than average May. The season cooled during the summer months and rebounded with favourable September and October temperatures. The cooperative weather allowed us to retain acidity and provide quality fruit with increased crop levels. While the sun and heat helped create intense fruit flavours, the cool evenings preserved the natural acidity in the grapes keeping the wine fresh and lively.

Viticulture

The grapes were harvested by hand from Burrowing Owl Estate Winery’s vineyards in Oliver and Osoyoos between November 3rd and 6th.

Vinification

Grapes were destemmed and gently crushed before being gravity fed into stainless tanks for skin maceration and alcoholic fermentation, with temperatures ranging from 18 to 32 °C. Both free run and pressed wine were then moved into barrels for malolactic fermentation followed by 18 and a half months of ageing. The selection of barrels helped round out the tannins and contributed to complex smoky, savory and spicy notes. After the blending of the barrels, the wine was bottled unfiltered and left to mature in bottle until its release.

Oak ageing: 60% French, 25% Hungarian and 15% American with 75% new, 2% one-year, and 23% two-year old oak

Producer

Producer Description

It's All About The Wines

The winery and vineyard lie within one of Canada's most unique ecosystems which includes the northernmost tip of the Sonora Desert. The location (on a southwest-tilting, sandy plateau) near the north end of Osoyoos Lake, is one of the most highly rated grape-growing locations in the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys, and for that matter Canada. In 1993, when Jim Wyse began to replant the vineyards which had been carefully selected for their ability to produce world class, premium quality grapes, the winery was not part of his long term vision. Having recognized the potential of this location, Jim was gratified to see wines made with his grapes gaining immediate recognition. Finally, the decision to build Burrowing Owl Estate Winery was confirmed and a winery license was obtained in 1997. Construction began in early1998 and completed just in time for that year's harvest. The site has since been enhanced with a beautiful fine-dining Restaurant and luxurious Guest House.

One of Canada's most unique ecosystems

The varied and deceptively fragile desert ecosystems within the adjoining vineyards continually challenge the environmentally sensitive team at Burrowing Owl. Alternative pest control systems are the standard. More than 100 bluebird boxes and two bat nurseries invite insect-eating guests to stay awhile and dine in the vineyards. Ground nests of meadowlarks are protected by barriers in springtime to prevent farm machinery and vineyard workers from inadvertently destroying them. Snakes are safely relocated. Bears and big horned sheep are discouraged from sharing the harvest but never harmed.

Today, with its dramatic vantage point in the middle of the vineyard, Burrowing Owl Estate Winery is a winemaking facility that combines state-of-the-art technologies with proven, classic winemaking traditions. A gravity-flow system handles ripe grapes delicately, preserving their rich fruit character. Extensive underground cellaring capacity ensures that long term barrel aging is never limited by space.

Vineyards in Oliver, Osoyoos and Keremeos

The winery owns and manages all of the vineyard land growing grapes for the Burrowing Owl wines. The land base consists of 210 acres of producing vineyards distributed between three different locations: Black Sage (the  original 145 acre site) which contains an equal amount of red and white grapes, Osoyoos (54 acres on the eastern slopes above Osoyoos Lake, home to Bordeaux varietals and Syrah reds) and Keremeos (11 acres of Sauvignon Blanc in the Similkameen Valley). In total 16 varietals are grown and tended by a qualified and dedicated vineyard team.

Still, it takes special skills to turn these assets into fine wines. Their vineyard managers contribute a wealth of knowledge and experience that is unsurpassed in the valley. Their dedicated team takes special pride in the success of these vineyards. And of course, they work closely with the winemaking team at Burrowing Owl to co-ordinate crop levels, ripeness targets, and the many other parameters necessary to produce only the finest quality wine.

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