REVIEW: Barry Family Cellars 2017 Rosé of Cabernet Franc

90 points

If you enjoy Cabernet Franc-based rosé (and I definitely do), this might be your new favorite, as well as a new benchmark. Bright fruity aromas of red cherries and raspberries are accented by a nice bit of citrusy herbs -- think lemon verbena and balm -- with a subtle bit of earthy spice.

Medium-light in body, it offers more of that bright, juicy red fruit with a little key lime pie filling, those lemony herbs and just a bit peppery edge. The acidity is absolutely crackling here with a lime-y juiciness that really stretches out the long, dry finish.

Producer: Barry Family Cellars
Region: Finger Lakes AVA
Blend: 100% Cabernet Franc
ABV: 12%
Price: $17

* 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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