Cabernet Franc from Finger Lakes, New York.
SRP of $20 and available for as low as $16. Sample submitted for review.
From the bottle:
“Cabernet Franc, the premier red grape of Bordeaux and the Loire Valley thrives here in New York’s Finger Lakes, where it is considered one of the most promising varieties. In the Dr. Frank’s vineyard, it produces small amounts of fruity red wine of medium structure, making it an interesting alternative to more tannic Cabernet Sauvignon.
Dr. Konstantin Frank, known as “the father of Vinifera” in the Eastern United States, pioneered viticultural methods that a generation of Eastern wineries have used to grow these superb varieties of European grapes.
As mentioned on the label Dr. Konstantin Frank is one of the pioneers of growing European grape varieties in the cold climates of the northeastern United States, and specifically the Finger Lakes. Fans of Riesling have been grateful ever since but let’s not overlook the excellent red wines coming out of this area as well.
The 2010 Dr. Konstantin Frank Cabernet Franc begins with a really pleasant aroma of red and blue berries, spice and a hint of cedar. The wine tastes super smooth and juicy with flavors of blueberry, plum, oaky spice and a bit of tobacco. This medium-bodied wine also features good acidity and soft tannins. It ends dry with more savory, juicy, sweet fruit that lingers for a really long time. This is an absolutely delicious wine – I loved it! And it’s another great example of the delicious red wine coming out of New York.
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