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Apologetic Red 2015


2015 – 750 mL
15.3% alc./vol.

Tasting Notes

Aroma: Big aromas of ripe red currants, red cherry, fresh black fig, and dried cherry with some vanilla bean and leather in the background.

Palate: A huge wine with dry smooth tannins and flavours of ripe red cherry, currants, and spices such as clove, leading to an extremely long and complex finish. The balance and powerful elegance of this wine will astound you.

Food pairings: May we suggest serving this wine alongside New York Striploin or Filet Mignon with peppercorn sauce, grilled wild mushrooms would also work nicely, as well as anything slow braised. It is also an elegant accompaniment to cured meat and fine hard cheeses or enjoy on its own after time in the decanter.

Cellaring: This wine will age in the cellar easily for 5-8+ years and is drinking very well now.

Awards and Accolades of the previous 2013 vintage

TV Interview – Watch Len Crispino’s TV interview on the new Apologetic Red – click here

Vintages Feature Article – Read the “Innovation Nation” article in Vintages – click here

90 Points – “Wines for fall: Eight unique bottles you must try”. Beppi Crosariol, September 14, 2016, The Globe and Mail

92 Points — “Winery owner Len Crispino released this wine (appropriately) on Canada Day as a humorous nod to Canadians and their apologetic nature. Called Apologetic with “sorry” written on the front label and “not sorry” written on the back label, Crispino believes it is time from Canadians to stop apologizing and start celebrating the “plethora of excellence” that is all around them. “Our dream and belief is that Canadians can compete with the rest of the world, and win,” he says.

This is 100% Cabernet Franc with 52% of the grapes dried for 125 days in the appassimento style. It is a beautiful thing with a thick and rich nose of cassic, black currants, fine herbs, plums, gorgeous oak spice and sweet cedar undertones. The dark, juicy fruits are joined by kirsch, rousing spice notes and electric acidity on the palate. It has texture and elegant tannins and the stuffing to improve for 10 years or more. It’s a big wine made with 15% abv but shows poise and balance.”  Rick VanSickle, July 17 2016, Winesinniagara.com


Wine Club: If you are a Foreign Affair Wine Club Member, a member benefit includes free shipping on wine orders of 1 case (12 bottles) or more (within Ontario only). Please call the winery at (905) 562-9898 from 11 am to 5 pm to place your order to ensure you receive your free shipping member benefit.

Shipping: Foreign Affair Winery ships Canada-wide using Canada Post. For deliveries outside of Ontario during periods of extreme temperatures we may delay shipping the wine to ensure your wine arrives in perfect condition. We will contact you if your order will be affected. Unfortunately, we are unable to ship wine outside of Canada.

Product Description

NEW Apologetic Red 2015

An astonishing world-class wine, made by talented, hardworking, law-abiding, polite, friendly, pragmatic, peace-loving, grateful, and self-deprecating Canadians.

“This new Apologetic Red 2015 is our expression of the need for all of us in Canada to celebrate our excellence and achievements. We believe that it may be time to move from ‘Sorry’ to ‘Not Sorry’ because there is such a plethora of excellence all around us, in all endeavors of Canadian society. Our dream and belief is that Canadians can compete with the rest of the world, and win!” Len Crispino, Proprietor

Varietal: Cabernet Franc (100%)

Appassimento: 50%

Price and Bottle Size: $69.95 (750 mL)

Release Dates:

July 1, 2017 at the Winery and online – 750 mL



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Additional Information

Weight 1.6 kg
Dimensions 49 x 10 x 7.75 cm