The Finger Lakes are famed for Riesling, but Cabernet Franc is on the upswing thanks to dedicated producers like Terrassen and delicious expressions like this beauty. Made in small lots with huge attention to detail, the wine was sourced from organically maintained vineyards planted in the 80’s. Peppery spice and sour cherries lead into strawberry, bell pepper and some bittersweet chocolate. This unique take on a pillar of Bordeaux will have you wishing you had another bottle to share with your friends.
Fruit grown on mature vines on eastern Seneca Lake is cold-soaked in open-top vats and fermented on native yeasts. The wine is deceptively light in colour yet shows ripe blackcurrant and cassis fruit that almost has an edge of dark chocolate to it. There is a richness that was completely unexpected and an impressive density and length – but without any astringency or heaviness. Marvellously good!