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Foreign Affair Temptress 2017

Canada, Ontario
91 WA

Aged 18 months in French and American oak barrels (35% new) and a blend of medium and medium plus toasts.  Aroma: Lots of complexity on the nose. Aromas of ripe red fruit (ripe dark cherry, raspberry, currant), subtle black fruit (black cherry, blackberry, stewed mulberry) and hints of oak, lots of baking spice and notes of fresh sharpened graphite. Taste: A big, bold wine with lots of complexity! Flavours of ripe red fruit such as tart raspberries and cherries, supported by gentle notes of vanilla, cloves and baking spice.  

Varietals:Cabernet Franc 61%, Cabernet Sauvignon 23%, Merlot 9%, Petit Verdot 2%, Malbec 5%

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Producer The Foreign Affair Winery
Vintage 2017
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Cabernet Franc 61%, Cabernet Sauvignon 23%, Merlot 9%, Petit Verdot 2%, Malbec 5%
¥6,600

Aged 18 months in French and American oak barrels (35% new) and a blend of medium and medium plus toasts.  Aroma: Lots of complexity on the nose. Aromas of ripe red fruit (ripe dark cherry, raspberry, currant), subtle black fruit (black cherry, blackberry, stewed mulberry) and hints of oak, lots of baking spice and notes of fresh sharpened graphite. Taste: A big, bold wine with lots of complexity! Flavours of ripe red fruit such as tart raspberries and cherries, supported by gentle notes of vanilla, cloves and baking spice.  

Varietals:Cabernet Franc 61%, Cabernet Sauvignon 23%, Merlot 9%, Petit Verdot 2%, Malbec 5%

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Producer The Foreign Affair Winery
Vintage 2017
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Cabernet Franc 61%, Cabernet Sauvignon 23%, Merlot 9%, Petit Verdot 2%, Malbec 5%
Data
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 14.6%
Product Code A007R00217
Inventory In Stock (60)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

Aged 18 months in French and American oak barrels (35% new) and a blend of medium and medium plus toasts.  Aroma: Lots of complexity on the nose. Aromas of ripe red fruit (ripe dark cherry, raspberry, currant), subtle black fruit (black cherry, blackberry, stewed mulberry) and hints of oak, lots of baking spice and notes of fresh sharpened graphite. Taste: A big, bold wine with lots of complexity! Flavours of ripe red fruit such as tart raspberries and cherries, supported by gentle notes of vanilla, cloves and baking spice.  

Pairing

Chicken cacciatore, Blackened chicken, Bolognese, Beef Wellington,  goat cheese and herb stuffed mushroom, prosciutto wrapped figs, baked brie with jam preserves, charcuterie boards, blue cheese, dark chocolate. 

Cellaring

Enjoy now through 2030 and beyond

Press
91WineAlign
David Lawrason - Temptress is a cabernet led blend featuring all the Bordeaux varieties. It is 25% appassimento and aged 18 months in French and American oak. It is stylish, even and generous with well stitched, complex aromas of raspberry/cherry fruit, a floral note and finely honed oak spice, vanilla and mocha. It is full bodied with good acidity, slightly warm but balanced alcohol, and integrated tannins. The length is excellent. Tasted April 2020.
Production

Appellation

VQA Niagara Peninsula

Viticulture

Hand picked and sorted

Vinification

25% Appassimento.  

Producer

Producer Description

1990 | Valpolicella, Veneto

Foreign Affair Winery founders Len and Marisa Crispino were living as expats in Italy when they discovered the wonders of Amarone, or 'Appassimento' wines.

The more they learned about this technique and grew to love these wines, the more excited they became at the prospect of bringing this incredible craftsmanship back with them to Ontario.

And so, they did.

2000 |  Niagara, Ontario

In 2000, taking a leap of faith, Len and Marisa bought 40 acres of prime farmland in the Vinemount Ridge sub-appellation of Niagara's Twenty Valley wine region, starting their journey to becoming trailblazers of Appassimento winemaking in Canada.

They sourced quality vinifera varietals from Europe, and after three years of carefully nurturing vines, 2004 became the inaugural vintage of Foreign Affair wines.

Today |  Niagara, Ontario

While the first vintages had many challenges with this approach, the big, bold red wines they produced as a result spoke for themselves, and so Len and Marisa persisted and over the next few decades, these wines become the benchmark for Appassimento wines in Niagara, inspiring many other producers in the process.

Today, The Foreign Affair Winery offers a unique and diverse selection of award-winning wines, all touched by the Appassimento process in some way, and many stories to share about the journey.

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