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Pillitteri Estates Winery 2012 Winemakers Selection Cabernet Franc

Tasting Note

Cabernet Franc is one of Niagara’s signature grape varieties and this wine is an excellent example of how it can be made into a complex, and age-worthy wine. The palate and nose follow each other with sweet tobacco, ripe cherry, black plum, black licorice, fresh berry fruit and spice. The same fruit flavours follow on the palate with the added complexity and elegance from notes of vanilla bean, mocha, forest floor and raspberry. Silky tannins brought about through maturation in new French oak barrels round out the palate beautifully onto the long finish.

Drink now through 2020+

Serving 16 to 18°C, decant for 30+ minutes

Food pairing: Lamb, game, beef, rich pasta, and mature cheese.


The 2012 vintage was a near perfect vintage for the Niagara Peninsula. Lots of heat, sunshine and just the right amount of rain created ideal conditions for growing all of our Bordeaux varietals.

Additional Information About Terroir:

  • Soil: Halton Till (glacial sand and silts) overtop red Queenston shale bedrock
  • Climate: Localized air circulation allows for greater differences between day and night time temperatures
  • Topography: Gentle slopes towards Lake Ontario allow maximum, uninterrupted sun exposure


Yield (tonnes) 3 tonnes/acre (7.4 tonnes/ha)
Yield (litres) 2100L/acre (5200/ha)
Trellising Pendelbogan
Age of Vines 25+ years
Vine Density 1210/acre (3000/ha)


Harvest Date October 18, 2010
Fermentation Open-top stainless steel bins, with daily punch downs for 3 weeks
Oak Treatment 26 months, new French oak

Technical Details:

Appellation VQA Niagara-on-the-Lake
Blend 100 % Cabernet Franc
Production 1068 bottles
Alcohol 13.0 %
Residual Sugar 4.3 g/L (0)
T.A. 5.7
pH 3.65

750 ml bottle
$65.00 by the bottle
Alcohol/Vol. 10.50 %
Produced By: Pillitteri Estates Winery
Bottles Per Case: 2
Deposit: $0.20 per bottle
Varietal: Cabernet Franc
Region: Niagara-on-the-Lake
Sugar Content: 4.30 g
Hold: Drink now or hold up to 3 years
Availability: 2-3 Days

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