Winemaker’s CUT from Oliver, BC, has made two quite unique tasting red wines; their Bohemian Cabernet Franc 2020 and Bohemian Cabernet Sauvignon 2020. The lively acidity in both wines makes the dark berry fruit flavours quite juicy. For those of you who are vegetarian, both these wines are vegan-friendly. Now, let me tell you about these wines.
My Wine Tasting Notes
Winemaker’s CUT Bohemian Cabernet Franc 2020 (BC $37)
The grapes for this wine come from the Deadman Lake Vineyard and the Quails Wayside Vineyard, both in Oliver, BC. This wine spent 10 months in French oak barrels before bottling.
Appearance: Deep garnet colour, about 90% opaque, consistent to the core.
Nose: Deep aromas, medium-minus intensity showing toast, smoke, dark fruit, nutmeg, black pepper and oak. A touch of capsicum with air. More sweet dark fruit flavour with decanting, plus a touch of nutmeg and red cherry flavours.
Palate: Dry, lighter body, lean with a light mouthfeel. Bright acidity gives you juicy black berries. There are also black plums and hints of red berries flavours. Plus a touch of floral, some tarriness or liquorice, and oak on the palate. The wine has the same flavour profile with decanting, but has a smoother, rounder mouthfeel.
Finish: Medium length finishing with bright acidity, juicy black berries, light pepperiness, toast and tarriness. Lightly drying tannins on the finish. The only change I noted on the finish with decanting, is less toastiness.
Decant or not, there are no major differences for this wine.
Rating: – A deep garnet colour from rim to core. Medium-minus aromas with a mix of toast, smoke, sweet dark fruit, nutmeg, black pepper, and oak. Dry with a lighter mouthfeel, a bit lean. Bright acidity leads to juicy black berries flavours, plus plums and some tarriness or liquorice. Medium length.
Winemaker’s CUT Bohemian Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 (BC $37. Out of stock.)
The grapes for this wine come from the Quails Wayside Vineyard in Oliver, BC. This wine spent 6 months in French and American oak barrels before bottling.
Appearance: Almost opaque garnet to the rim.
Nose: Barely perceptible aromas of nutmeg, black fruit, and a touch of capsicum. Hopefully decanting will open up the aromas. Decanting still has light aromas. There is some dustiness now plus a touch of vanilla.
Palate: Dryish, round and soft mouthfeel. Medium tannins and a light acidic prickle in your mouth. Bright flavours of juicy black berries, raspberries, raspberry blossoms, and touches of graphite and capsicum with time in the glass. About the same flavours with decanting. The capsicum flavour is more noticeable and there is less acidic prickle and no nutmeg space.
Finish: Medium length, finishing with nutmeg spice, sweet black fruit, a touch of floral, and lightly drying tannins. Off-dry finish with decanting. Stronger tannins. Same fruit flavours.
There is not much difference in aromas and flavours with decanting, so open and enjoy this wine at your leisure.
Rating: – Almost opaque garnet in colour. Very light aromas of black fruit and nutmeg. Dryish, round and soft with light acidic prickle. Bright flavours, juicy berries, raspberries and raspberry blossoms, and a touch of capsicum. Medium tannins. Medium length.
Where Can I Buy These Wines?
As I noted above the Cabernet Sauvignon is out of stock. You can purchase the Bohemian Cabernet Franc via the Winemaker’s CUT website. With the acidity and juicy flavours of these wines, I would consider enjoying them with roast lamb.