RKS Wines: Marynissen Estates: Can’t Get Cabernet Franc Right in Ontario? Time to Pack it Up!

Ontario does Cabernet Franc so well. I can’t say I have had a bum bottle yet. But Ontario wineries who can’t get it right may consider just packing up and calling its quits. A poor Cabernet Franc runs against the tide of “it’s hard to botch”.

So should Marynissen pack it up? We try their 2019 Cabernet Franc.

On the nose very reluctant black cherry, coffee and some blackberry with hints of cork. Coffee often scares me with red wine aromas. The aroma is stale and lacking in life. I get the impression of depleted soil. On the palate my first impression is some corkiness I was tempted to overlook on the nose but on the palate that spells double trouble. On the palate more lifelessness. You best avoid this wine. Are those moving trucks I see at Marynissen? This wine is an extreme disappointment. Two different bottles sampled.

(Marynissen Cabernet Franc 2019, VQA Niagara Peninsula, Marynissen Estates Limited, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, $17.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 23973, 750 mL, 13.5, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 64/100).

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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