Producer: Macari Vineyards
AVA: North Fork of Long Island
Grapes: 100% cabernet franc
* Review sample provided by the winery
Macari Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Franc Reserve
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.