91 Points - Editors' Choice - Wine Enthusiast
Bright aromas of cranberry, raspberry and hibiscus mix with shades of fresh green herbs and pepper in this vibrant Cabernet Franc. Flavors of juicy red berry and plum are propped up by tangy acidity and light, sandy tannins that extend the fruity tones on the lingering finish. ALEXANDER PEARTREE
This signature red variety grows well in our cooler climate. These thin-skinned grapes produce delicate flavors of red cherry, raspberries, and sweet tobacco.
DOUBLE GOLD NY WINE CLASSIC
GROWING CONDITIONS: The 2017 winter was the most mild in the last four. A cool spring held back bud break (and potential frost damage) until May. These two factors combined to set the stage for a fruitful vintage. The GDD's (growing degree days) were close to average through June and July but dipped in August. Rainfall was above average right through the growing season which inevitably increased disease pressure and crop load. Thankfully, September and October were warmer and drier than average thus allowing the grapes more time to mature and develop flavor. 2017 pulled off the seldom seen scenario of high quality wine in a high yielding vintage.
Machine picked and hand sorted. 90% crushed and 10% whole cluster fermented in one-ton open top bins with GRE yeast. Pressed off Oct. 30 & Nov. 2, then racked into barrels to finish malolactic fermentation.
Food Pairing Notes
Savor this vintage with roast chicken and Anjou pears with melted blue cheese crumbles.