I found myself in a unique situation the other night. My wife had gone out for the evening which meant I was free to indulge in the dozen or so episodes of Dr. Who I had recorded.
The only question was what to drink, what goes with freedom and Time Lords? The obvious choice is a 2013 Cabernet Franc from Vineland Estates.
The first time I tried this wine was trip to Ontario in 2014. My wife’s cousin has very graciously offered to tour us around the Niagara region for the day and I had just finished reading an article on this particular winery.
We stopped into the winery and decided to do a tasting while we were there. The Cabernet Franc happened to be on my choices for tasting that day.
The first thing I noticed about this wine was the colour, it was a deep ruby, almost purple. On the nose right away I picked up black fruit aromas such as blackberry or cherry, with some mild notes of cedar and tobacco. Tasting the wine I noted some raspberry flavours along with a slight pepperiness.
What really stood out for me was the easy drinking nature of the wine. There was definitely enough body in the wine to stand up to food, but was light enough to enjoy on it’s own.
During our time at Vineland Estates, I also went on to taste their Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Meunier, Semi Dry Riesling, and Game Changer Rose. Each wine was excellent. The whites were crisp and vibrant with great acidity and the Pinot Meunier was also very vibrant and fresh.
The winery itself is a in beautiful building and both my wife and I were very impressed with the staff in the tasting room. During our tasting the server looking after us overhead us talking about if we purchased a case how would we get it home. She mentioned that if we wanted a case they would box it up and mail it to our door step. She even went as far as to say she would personally box up our wine and get it ready for shipment and reassured us that it would arrive safe and sound.
True to her word a week after we returned home there a big brown box with all of our new found treasures. Since that day we have ordered from them on several other occasions and they have always delivered with great wine and great customer service.
If you get the chance I would highly recommend trying any of their wines I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
- Winery: Vineland Estates Winery
- Vintage: 2013
- Grape: Cabernet Franc
- Region: VQA Niagara Peninsula
- Nose: blackberry, black cherry, cedar, tobacco
- Taste: raspberry, pepper
- Purchased: VR Wine ($23.00)