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Wine Of The Week – Southbrook Triomphe Cabernet Franc 2008

July 12, 2011 12:51 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

Each week I like to choose a new wine to introduce to our fans. These wines vary by region, by varietal and even by price. I don’t think cost and value are necessarily related. So I like to focus on wines I have experienced on my travels and I think our fans will enjoy trying. salut!

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

CERTIFIED ORGANIC AND BIODYNAMIC

TASTING NOTE:

Medium ruby in the glass with aromas of earth, mixed berries, spice cupboard and a slight tobacco note. The palate is dry, balanced and interesting with a bright acidity, velvety tannins and lots of red and black fruit. The medium-long finish adds a lovely spicy accent. Age this for 1-2 years or enjoy it tonight with gourmet burgers, sausages, or pheasant.

(VINTAGES panel, March 2011)

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Each week I like to choose a new wine to introduce to our fans. These wines vary by region, by varietal and even by price. I don’t think cost and value are necessarily related. So I like to focus on wines I have experienced on my travels and I think our fans will enjoy trying. salut!

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The Smaller the Vines, the Better the Wines.

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So says winegrower, Paul Sloan of Small Vines! We all know that great wine is made in the vineyard, and your job, as winemaker, is to get out of the way of greatness.

decoration banner“Exceptional Wines Are Born… From Extraordinary Vineyards…
And Gently Guided Into Greatness in the Winery”

Sloan attributes the distinctness of the wines he crafts to time spent in vineyards, with pruning sheers in hand. His career began as a sommelier and moved to the land, not the cellar, first. After absorbing all he could in the vineyards of France, Paul brought back a new vision and began with his own vineyard management company (Small Vines Viticulture – with clients like DuMol and Ontario’s own Pearl Morissette).

Pushing the envelop of new thinking from Old World inputs, focusing on all-encompassing, traditional farming techniques, Sloan incorporates biodynamic, organic, and sustainable practices to VERY intense vine spacing. read more

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