Naramata is home to Nichol, who makes the Cabernet Franc 2014. It was aged 12 months in French oak, and has rhubarb, soil, and cranberry aromas on the nose.
Nichol Vineyards is without question a legendary B.C. winery. One of the first vineyards established on the blue chip Naramata Bench, they are celebrated for mature ungrafted vines, minimalist winemaking and bottles that age gracefully. Nichol’s Cabernet Franc was aged 12 months in neutral French oak, and true to Nichol form, was bottled unfined and unfiltered. Aromas of ripe black currants, graphite, dried herbs and earthy notes are repeated on the palate, where trademark bright acidity keeps the fruit cruncy and fresh. With a reputation as a great ager, consider buying two bottles - one for now, and another to enjoy in ten years. Ideal with roasted meat - beef, lamb pork - take your pick, or a Parisien-style fireside indoor picnic of pâté, baguette, cornichons and someone special.