Briar Valley Winery 2015 Cabernet Franc

85 points

Ripe raspberry and blackberry fruit is accented by notes of leaf tobacco, dark chocolate and just a little bacon on a quite aromatic nose. Medium bodied, the palate offers more ripe berry fruit, while also showing a bit more oak with dark roast coffee, chocolate and smoke. Tasted on day two, some really nice licorice-meets-sasparilla flavors emerge. The tannins are medium intense but soft at the edges with a nice bit of fresh acidity too.

Producer: Briar Valley Winery
Region: Pennsylvania
ABV: 12.8%
Price: $27

* 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. Since then, the site has become the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news. Formerly the editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette, a contributor to Edible Brooklyn, wine columnist for and regional editor for Appellation America covering the Long Island and Hudson River Valley regions, Lenn contributes to Edible East End, Palate Press, Patch and is the wine columnist for Dan’s Papers in the Hamptons. Lenn is also on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, a yearly regional wine immersion event for writers and bloggers. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating drinking 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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