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Wine review: Redstone Reserve Cabernet Franc 2010, Ontario

Cabernet franc
Food Pairing
Lamb chops

Moray Tawse, owner behind an eponymous and excellent Niagara winery as well as the Marchand-Tawse label of Burgundy, has added a new estate to his stable. Redstone, named after the red dust and stones on the 38-acre organic vineyard, used to be Thomas & Vaughan, a property Tawse could not pass up when it hit the block during the financial crisis five years ago. What a joy to sample this cab franc from the fine 2010 vintage. Fans of classic Loire Valley Chinon will like what they taste here. It's fully ripe, with fresh currant and raspberry, but the fruit yields to lovely savoury notes of cracked pepper, minty herbs, cedar and jalapeno spice. The tannins are light and fine-grained. A crisp, elegant red that tickles the nose as much as the palate. Lamb chops would be great;

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Beppi Crosariol writes about wine and spirits in the Globe Life and Style sections.He has been The Globe's wine and spirits columnist for more than 10 years. In the late 1990s, he also wrote a food trends column called The Biting Edge.Beppi used to cover business law for ROB and previously edited the paper's weekly technology section. More


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