There is much to be said about Pinot Noir finding a home in Ontario and there is no doubt that we can make premium Pinot Noir here and that it is a signature grape. Much less talked about is Cabernet Franc, which outside of the Loire (and now Ontario) is mostly used in Bordeaux-style blends rather than to make a varietal wine. Although not perfect every vintage, there have certainly been enough good years that some standout wines have been made.
A really good Ontario Cabernet Franc has an intense nose that to me almost seems perfumed, floral. The palate is of ripe berries, red fruit and a touch of herbaceousness.
I have certainly not tried them all but I have tried many and QPR standouts for me include:
FEATHERSTONE - CABERNET FRANC 2011, NIAGARA - $ 16.95
TAWSE - GROWERS BLEND - CABERNET FRANC 2011, NIAGARA - $ 26.95
TAWSE- LAUNDRY VINEYARD - CABERNET FRANC 2010, NIAGARA - $31.95
SOUTHBROOK - WHIMSY!- CABERNET FRANC 2010, NIAGARA - $34.95
I am not an expert, just a discerning wine lover or amateur de vin (as the French say), but everyone has a different palate, likes and dislikes so it must be understood that any of my recommendations are personal. I just hope that you find them useful or at the very least - interesting. I also hope you enjoy my photos. It is more fun sharing then keeping them backed up on a hard drive.