Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Merlot
Growing up in the Okanagan Valley, the Bartier brothers, Don and Michael were always proud and in touch with their Canadian roots. The 2012 Illegal Curve is of course, a tribute to Canada’s beloved hockey and is not the only label the brothers have created in representation of their nationality. While neither brother expected to turn up in the wine industry, with Don working in Calgary’s oil and gas industry and Michael a graduate of the University of Victoria, ending up in the vineyards and winery resulted in being the best way to show off their Canadian spirit. Their winemaking philosophy is not to replicate the Bordeaux or Napa, but instead to embody the amazing characteristics and qualities of Okanagan vineyards. The 2012 Illegal Curve is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Merlot, which happened to have an amazing vintage of an outstanding balance of tannins and fruit. Only native yeasts were used, allowing the vineyard to show instead of winemaking manipulation. With only 310 cases produced, we suggest you get your hands on this Okanagan gem. Enjoy today or age for a few more years until 2017 at 17 degrees Celsius.
A medium ruby red from its core to the edge of the glass.
A blend of strawberry, cherries and raspberries with light touches of oak.
The same bright red fruits on the nose are brought to the palate with underlying oak and earth. This wine is full bodied with soft tannins that make it easy drinking extremely enjoyable for any wine lover.
Sirloin beef kabobs with onions, bell peppers and mushrooms to bring out the rustic earthy components of Cabernet Franc.