Pellegrini Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Franc

87 points

Bright, fruit-forward rendition of a classic Long Island red grape — that also shows plenty of local character in its earthiness. The nose is centered on red raspberry and cherry aromas with notes of dried autumn leaves and dried herbs, which give it a savory edge. That same red fruits-meet-earthiness quality greets the palate with additional layers of vanilla and fresh sage. Soft and supple on the mid-palate, there is just a little tannic grip on the end of an elegant finish.

Producer: Pellegrini Vineyards
Grapes: Cabernet Franc
 North Fork of Long Island
ABV: 13%
Price: $30

* Review sample provided by the winery

About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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