I last reviewed the 2011 vintage of this wine and was thorough impressed. I love my Cab Francs and Niagara does them well. Big bold wines with lots of weight to hold up nicely with red meats. This one is dark in color with a mild nose of red berries consistent with a cab franc. On the mid pallet this wine displays some nice red berries to match the nose along with some nice chocolate/mocha notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice tannins along with some lovely dryness. This is another great year for Fielding’s Cab franc. If I had to compare it to the 2011 I would say its a little softer, not quite as bold. More apporachable. But all in all another lovely wine from Fielding. What can I say I am a fan for sure. I would give it an 89-90. Yumm. Keep up the great work Fielding!
From the LCBO web site:
Fielding Estate Cabernet Franc 2012—VINTAGES#: 36194
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity
Beautifully brambly and woodsy on the nose with blackberry, black cherry, cracked peppercorn and currants. Dark, smoky and peppery throughout with an awesome rush of acidity and fine, youthful tannins. Reminiscent of a 2010 Right Bank Bordeaux, this will age 3-5+ years. Fire up the barbecue and grill yourself some steak. (VINTAGES panel, July 2014)