Producer: Early Mountain Vineyards
Region: Virginia
Grapes: 73% cabernet franc, 27% merlot
Production: 110 cases
ABV: 13.75%
Price: Wine Club Only

* Review sample provided by the winery

Early Mountain Vineyards 2017 "Soif" Cabernet Franc-Merlot

90 points

This co-ferment of cabernet franc and merlot is intensely aromatic -- fresh, just-crushed blackberry and black currants are made more complex by a layer of savory herbs and just a little damp soil.

This low-tannin red is driven by its juiciness and fruit-forward nature, with plump berry qualities -- cherries, blackberries and cassis -- distinct cabernet franc herbal qualities, an earthy edge and a nice bit of cherry skin flavor on the end of a fresh, fun finish. It also takes well to a light chill, which makes it exceedingly versatile as a food wine as summer winds down.

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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