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Hudson Valley Cabernet Franc Tasting Notes


Glorie Farm Winery 2016

Tart cranberry and pomegranate, cooked herbs and more than a hint of citrus peel lead to a charming, spicy, green herbs-and-pepper finish, with a lingering, gentle tannin. Think semihard cheeses and charcuterie, or slow-roasted chicken. $22

Fjord Vineyards 2015

Bright strawberry and bramble fruit mingle with a light fall baking-spice profile. More tart and lively than the 2014, this offering is fresh and playful with more strawberry, tart cranberry and spicy, firm tannin on the finish. Great with pulled pork or for a pizza night. $25

Millbrook Vineyards Proprietor’s Reserve 2015

Cabernet Franc with a smidge of Merlot. A taste of wild blackberries, black pepper and spice. Medium- to full-bodied wine with admirable restraint. A perfect pairing with lamb. $40

Robibero Family Vineyards 2016

Brooding, juicy, plummy fruits, earthy graphite, baking spices and leather all backed by firm tannins and a lightly oaky backbone. Snappy black pepper finish. The perfect pairing for beef bourguignon or a hearty fall stew. $35

Whitecliff Estate Bottled 2016

Tart cherry, black currants and raspberry fruit complemented by light tannins and fresh acidity. A hint of savory oak balanced by near-ripe strawberries, a touch of cooked herbs and green pepper finish. Would pair well with Coq au Vin or rich, saucy fish dishes. $25.95

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