Magnus Ridge Winery, Cabernet Franc 2012, Finger Lakes, New York
Tasting Note: The most intriguing cabernet franc you’ll try all year.
If you took a bouquet of violets and let it simmer in stewed raisins, this is the aroma you’d get on the nose of this cab franc along with cinnamon, clove and baking spice.
On the palate, the aromas repeat but with added peach.
This is the second time I’ve experience this distinct flavor from a cab franc. The other cab franc from Clearview Vineyards was also a New York cab franc but from the Hudson Valley.
What is it about New York soil that leads some cab franc to peach? This cab franc is deep ruby colored, medium-plus in body (for a cab franc) and medium in acidity and flavor intensity.
A concentrated raisin flavor gathers at the 70% point of the taste and fades on the finish. I’m intrigued with this wine. Let me know if you are too (and if you encounter a peach taste in a cab franc elsewhere in the Finger Lakes, please let me know).
Peach-state Georgians take note during your visit to the Finger Lakes; this is a must stop.
Bottle Note: The cabernet franc grape grows exceptionally well in the color climate Finger Lakes region of New York, producing a full-bodies red vinifera. This wine excites the senses with its wonderful tannins and berry aroma, while engaging the palate with hints of black pepper and cherry. It pairs wonderfully with many cheeses, especially cheddar, in addition to poultry, lamb, beef and tomato-based dishes.
Tasting Date: October 28, 2015