Liten Buffel 2016 "Faucheaux" Cabernet Franc

90 points

The nose is complex and strikes a beautiful balance between fruity notes like bramble berries, cherry Ludens, dried cranberries and red apple skins with earthy ones of pine straw, curry leaf and damp mulch.

The fruit steps forward a bit on a juicy, medium-light bodied palate offers more of that raspberry and blackberry fruit with cranberry and cherry skins. There is a distinct herbal-resinous quality under the fruit and an earthiness is almost musky. Long and fresh with acidity and showing just a little skin tannin, the finish is long and makes you want to take sip after sip.

Producer: Liten Buffel
Region: Seneca Lake AVA
Vineyard: Miles Wine Cellars
 100% Cabernet Franc
ABV: 12.3%
Price: $25

* 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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