Producer: Macari Vineyards
AVA: North Fork of Long Island
Grapes: 100% cabernet franc
ABV: 14%
Price: $38*

* Review sample provided by the winery

Macari Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Franc Reserve

Macari Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Franc Reserve

92 points

Aged for well beyond a year in neutral oak, this wine smells like North Fork cabernet franc in its purest form. Bright cherry, cranberry, and strawberry fruit aromas mingle with summery herbs, a crack of black pepper, just a little brown sugar, and dried autumnal leaves.

Medium-bodied, the palate shows a beautiful balance between ripe red berries, savory herbal qualities, and an earthy vein that stays at the edges. There is a silkiness to the mouthfeel leading into a long finish that shows fresh acidity and a subtle dark roast coffee note as well.

When someone asks me what Long Island cabernet franc can be – what it truly tastes like – this is the wine I suggest.

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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