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Dakota Shy Wine


2020 Dakota Shy Oakville Cabernet Franc

2020 Dakota Shy Oakville Cabernet Franc

2020 Dakota Shy Oakville Cabernet Franc

Tasting Notes

Exotic dark fruits, dried herbs, anise, mint, baking cocoa and espresso bean aromas are incredibly enticing. On the palate, the 2020 is characteristically bright, energetic and powerful.  Reveals a racy core of dark raspberry and cassis layered over complex graphite, anise, plum and mineral notes. Shows a balance of brightness, richness and concentration over a tightly coiled, but lush-tannin frame.

A blend of primarily Cabernet Franc with a balance of Cabernet Sauvignon from our blocks in the hills and valley floor of Oakville.

Dakota Shy sources from multiple sites within the exceptional Oakville AVA. Carefully blended with the goal of showcasing the varietal character of Cabernet Franc with the Cabernet Sauvignon providing nuance and framework.


Appellation Oakville
Blend 75% Cabernet Franc, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon
Barrel Aging 18 months, 70% New French Oak
Clones Cabernet Franc Clones 332, 327 and Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 169, 4
Rootstocks Cabernet Franc on 1103P and 420A, Cabernet Sauvignon on 110R
Soils Red iron-rich clay loam and volcanic rock in the Eastern foothill, Clay loam in the valley floor, and gravelly loam from Oakville’s western benchland.
Vineyard Manager Various
Winemaker Tom Garrett
Production 75 cases, 3 barrels