The Hatch Black Swift Cabernet Franc
The Desert Valley Vineyard lays upon a unique climate and soil type. Being on the Western Slope, this gets mostly direct morning sun which creates longer and cooler growing conditions in a paradoxical sense in the heat of the South Okanagan. The soil itself is super rocky, old alluvial river bed type. The adage we’ve applied to soil is ‘With Clay-Limestone, you taste the soil. In river rocks, you taste the grapes’ and this shows in the wine; the classic notes of bright raspberry, pencil lead and some mint and eucalyptus undertones shine right through despite the overt intensity of the wine itself.
This Cabernet Franc is decidedly youthful and enthusiastic right now, but the complexity and subtlety is already evident. Not lacking in tannic structure, this wine is surprisingly drinkable at this stage in its life, while still having lots of room to grow. The silkiness and texture is what really amazes at this stage in development.