Hester Creek Estate Winery 2015 Cabernet Franc Block 3, Golden Mile Bench, $29

By on July 4, 2018

It was 2004 when Curt Garland, a businessman from the British Columbia frontier town of Prince George, purchased this historic showpiece in the Okanagan Valley. Two years later came the master stroke of hiring winemaker Robert Summers, a product of Canadian giant Andrew Peller. This work with Cabernet Franc grown within their 95-acre property elicits aromas of dark ripe Bing cherries and violets, which are rounded out with a wisp of campfire smoke. The palate delivers blackberry, cherry and slightly sassy tannins that linger for a bold finish. Visitors to this now 50-year-old vineyard along the Golden Mile Bench south of Oliver have the good fortune of enjoying this wine at Terrafina at Hester Creek, the on-premise restaurant with a culinary program headed up by famed chef Rod Butters of RauDZ in Kelowna. And this wine earned a gold medal at the 2018 Cascadia International Wine Competition in Richland, Wash.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 652 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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