Region: North Fork of Long Island AVA (but labeled New York State)
Blend: 100% cabernet franc
* Review sample provided by the winery
Raphael 2016 Cabernet Franc
Raphael winemaker Anthony Nappa has a way with this grape. He seems to know when to push the extraction and intensity, making reserve-level wines and when to take his foot off of the gas, use less (or no) new oak and go for a juicier, fresher style. This wine is the latter, with a nose that smells like just-crushed red raspberries and blackberries with hints of sweet black licorice and a briny, sea air note.
Medium-light bodied, this is the kind of juicy, food-friendly red I like having on hand for a wide array of foods. Red raspberries dominate, but there are notes of earth, vanilla, dried herbs and black olive on the palate too. The acidity is fresh and well-integrated, combining with medium-intensity tannins to frame that melange of flavors nicely.
Don’t be fooled by the “New York State” on the front label either. This wine was made with 100% percent North Fork grapes.