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Ospreys Dominion Vineyards

Ospreys Dominion Vineyards
2014 Cabernet Franc, North Fork of Long Island

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$22

Ospreys Dominion Vineyards
2014 Cabernet Franc, North Fork of Long Island

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Franc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13%
Ruby black color. Green aromas and flavors of eucalyptus scented candle drippings, olives and peppers, bread crust, and leather with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, distinctive, long finish with shades of spiced pomegranate, roasted root vegetables, dolmades, and incense with dusty, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A savory and stylish dry Cab Franc that will compliment a fine meal.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Savory & Old World
Aroma Aroma: eucalyptus scented candle drippings, olives and peppers, bread crust, and leather
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with shades of spiced pomegranate, roasted root vegetables, dolmades, and incense
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Beef Bourguignon, Flatiron Steak, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A savory and stylish dry Cab Franc that will compliment a fine meal.

The Producer

Osprey's Dominion Vineyards

The Producer
44075 Main Rd
Peconic, NY 11958
USA
1 631-765-6188

Cabernet Franc

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Cabernet Franc is very closely related to cabernet sauvignon; it is widely presumed that cabernet franc is just a well established mutation. It is ideally suited to cooler climates, as it buds and ripens earlier than cabernet sauvignon. Additionally, it is less susceptible to poor weather during harvest. In the Medoc and Graves region of Bordeaux, where it typically constitutes about 15% of the final blend, it is seen as a measure of insurance against poor cabernet sauvignon or merlot weather. Cabernet franc used to be planted almost as widely as cabernet sauvignon in Bordeaux well into the 60s, but cabernet sauvignon had swung into such favor that 30 years later it had twice the acreage of cabernet franc.

Cabernet franc tends to be lighter in color and tannins than cabernet sauvignon, with an earlier-maturing character. On Bordeaux's Right Bank, cabernet franc has a stronger foothold, and is best known as the dominant grape in the blend for the famed château, Cheval Blanc. It is the most widely planted red varietal in the Loire, where it yields lighter wines, like Chinon, with distinct herbal overtones. US cabernet francs are still largely in the experimental stage; there is a huge spectrum of interpretations, from heavy Napa wines to lighter styles from the East Coast.

Cabernet Franc is noted for its deep ruby red color and peppery, spicy character. It has moderate tannins and good acidity. Generally a Cabernet Franc should be consumed with some age - at least five years - while the finest versions drink well for more than twenty years.

Pair Cabernet Franc with hearty foods such as wild game, game birds and roasts.