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tawseThis is a gentle beauty, expansive, yet soothing, serene, and perfectly composed.

Faint vanilla, freshly turned earth, and soft graphite notes nestle with black current and red plum aromas. The non-fruit aromas are exquisitely balanced, a quiet sonata coming into tune.

Round and very soft, like cashmere, on the palate, medium bodied with a tranquil demeanor and a gently fading finish that gives a peppery kiss at terminus. A broad mineral seam carries through from front to back giving the wine a lifted character, the tannins fine grained yet fully present.

This is a most impressive wine, perhaps the best I tasted on a recent visit to Ontario.

Tawse is an institution here, one of Canada’s top wineries producing around 30,000 cases annually in their state-of-the-art, gravity flow winery from organic and biodynamically farmed grapes. Their Pinot Noir and Chardonnay were lovely but this Cabernet Franc is a gem.

Drink with one of the great vocal performances of all time, also soothing and serene, the Righteous Brother’s Unchained Melody

Technical notes: From vines planted in 1998 on limestone, clay and loam.

Score: 93

Price: $44.95 (Purchase here)

Alc: 13%

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