Dinner tonight was roast chicken. I wanted a nice light red to go with it, so I grabbed a bottle of Southbrook Cabernet Franc (LCBO $24.95). It’s been a long week, and I’m exhausted. The thought of a nice supper, and curling up with an intoxicating red is really too much to resist at this point.
Unfortunately, the Southbrook was a failure. It’s fine as a food wine — made a nice complement to the chicken, to be sure. However, before the chicken it was somewhat bland — a little alcoholic, hot on the tongue. At just 12.5% the alcohol should have been much more subdued. After dinner, any semblance of flavour had dissipated, and I was left with an alcoholic, thin wine.
It’s got a fine, although somewhat alcoholic smelling, nose. The wine itself is a little bitter, a little acidic, not much tannin, not much fruit. The finish is medium length, although mostly alcohol.
Not a wine I would buy again. It tastes more like a $10 wine than a $25 wine.