Painted Rock Estate Winery Cabernet Franc British Colombia 2015
Painted Rock began with John and Trish Skinner's belief that the Okanagan Valley had enormous, largely unrealized potential. While the area has long been known for producing some of the world's finest fruit, it was wines produced by the 1980 "Vinifera Program" (where vineyards were paid to remove high-yielding, inferior hybrids and plant vinifera) that convinced Skinner's that an internationally recognized wine region. John knew that if they wanted to get involved and make a difference, they had to move fast. The goal was simple: find the best property and apply the most aggressive mandate for quality. Their extensive search took nearly three years and ended when they found "The Black Hawk," a spectacular 56-acre bench on Skaha Lake in Penticton. In 2004, they bought what was once "the largest apricot plantation in the British Commonwealth". The plantation had been felled in the 1980s and had been fallow ever since.
Detailed analysis of the property took place for the next year while the site was being prepared and the property was planted in 2005. Imagined as a family run estate winery, the assumption was that this could be some of the finest "terroir" in the world and it was their task to live up to its promise. From expertise to equipment to mandate the commitment was and remains uncompromising. According to John Skinner, "If Painted Rock is going to compete with the best in the world, we need to trust our terroir and allow it to express its own. That's why we are 100% Estate."
Imagined as a heritage family business "Painted Rock" is rooted in family values and a shared vision. This was wonderfully amplified when 500-year-old native pictographers were spotted at the back of the property. John's long deceased father was a passionate archaeologist, so this symbolized the relevance of the story, the significance of the place, and the expansion of the family. The legacy continued in 2015 when John and Trish's daughter, Lauren Skinner, after completing her MBA in Bordeaux several years earlier and since working in the private sector, came to Painted Rock as Business Development Manager.
Painted Rock Cabernet Franc is a red wine from British Colombia, Canada. It is made of 100% Cabernet Franc from a 3 acre block on Painted Rock's own field - their so-called "small lot". The grapes are picked by hand and carefully sorted before vinification, after which the wine is aged for 18 months in French oak, of which 40% are new casks.
In the 1980s, the 60-acre estate on Skaha Lake was the largest apricot plantation in the British Commonwealth. But John and Trish Skinner had happily lurked that the earth had the potential for much, much more, and in 2005, after spending a few years removing stumps, nearly 50,000 vines stood looking proudly out over the lake.
Painted Rock Winery in Penticton, British Columbia, is named after the pictograms one can find around the property. The winery is run by the Skinner family, and the fields have been grown sustainably and organically (though without certification) since 2010. The grapes are always harvested by hand, and all the wines are made as "single varietal" - with the exception of the flagship "Red Icon".
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