Niagara makes some great Cab Francs, and Fielding is one of my favorite wineries doing consistent stuff in the bench. This wine is 68% cab Franc 18% cab Sauv 8% Syrah 6% Petit-Verdot. The back of the bottle says the concept behind this wine was to create a unique blend of premium varietals that integrated together harmoniously. The wine was aged in oak barrels and results in an approachable blend with soft tannins and rich flavors.
Dark in color with a mild varietal cab franc nose. On the mid pallet the wine screams cab franc with lovely cherry coming through. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice tannins along with some acidity, and a hint of pepper. This is a lovely cab franc, approachable now. It will hold up well to red meats and the like. Fielding have done a great job of making what I would refer to as an everyday red, or an entry level cab franc. I would give it an 88-89. Very nice.
From the LCBO web site:
Fielding Red Conception VQA Blend — LCBO#: 189183
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity
Garnet with brick edges; cassis and cherry aromas with coffee and smoky notes; light cherry and plum fruit with lively acidity and smooth tannins Score – 4 Stars (out of 5). (Rod Phillips, rodphillipsonwine.com, June 22, 2010) $18.95
Release Date:May 28, 2011 Alcohol/Vol 13.0% Made in: Ontario, Canada By: Fielding Estate Winery Sugar Content:5 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra Dry Style: Medium-bodied & Fruity This is a VQA wine