2008 Thirty Bench Small Lot Cabernet Franc

One of the things I have been toying with is having long form and short form reviews based on my time availability. For long time readers you know I can be sporadic with reviewing, most of the time this is not for lack of drinking (snicker) but due to lack of time to properly build a review that fits with my style. As such today I am going to introduce the Canadian Wine Guy short form review. We will start with this Thirty Bench offering priced at $40 a bottle.

Colour: Deep purple with hints of rust on the edges
Nose: Black Cherry & Tobacco
First sip: Forward on the tongue, blackcurrant, more tobacco
Further into the wine: Still forward on the tongue, short finish. Fruit becomes muted while spices and smokiness is distinctive.

Thoughts: Torn between this wine is too young or it is blunted; the fruit is muted because of the heaviness of the spice and oak; tannins while firm are entirely forward in the mouth and leave a short finish; enjoyable but overpriced; think about another 2-3 years of cellaring as I will be doing with the second bottle in the cellar.

CWG Subjective Rating: 85 out of 100

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