Cab Franc Love

Cabernet Franc is the signature grape of the Hudson Valley. We recently participated in National Cab Franc Day, December 4, 2016. We submitted samples of our 2014 Cabernet Franc to nine wine bloggers for this event and then participated in a #CabFrancDay Twitter chat with them. Seven bloggers subsequently wrote about their tasting experience. Our goal is to produce the best Cabernet Franc wine in New York State, and the bloggers’ reviews confirm that we are on the right track. We’re encouraged to continue marching toward our ultimate goal. The following are excerpts from their reviews (with links to their respective blogs/websites, all worth following):

Frank Morgan at Drink What YOU Like: “Loved this wine!… Rarely does a wine make me want to visit a region. This one does…. Ruby color in the glass, this wine offers aromas of raspberry, cherry, forest floor around a core of black tea and mineral. On the palate, flavors of raspberry, blueberry, burnt sugar, wood and tea leaves leads to a lengthy pepper-berry finish. Lovely acidity. This wine would fit comfortably in a lineup of Cab Francs from Chinon, Bourgueil or Saumur-Champigny. Just $19. Crazy good value. Seek this out.”

Martin Redmond, ENOFYLZ Wine Blog: “Ruby color with raspberry, red plum, bittersweet chocolate, violet and red pepper aromas. On the palate it’s medium-bodied, and fresh with a plush texture and raspberry, red plum and spice flavors with a lingering spicy red fruit finish and a pleasing kiss of minerality. Very good to outstanding; 89-90 pts.”

Michelle Williams, Rockin Red Blog: “100% Cabernet Franc; rich and deep notes of dark fruit, black tea, damp tobacco leaves, warm spices, licorice, black pepper and a hint of vanilla; juicy and elegant, thought provoking, full-body, penetrating the palate, rich texture, a wine of distinction worth seeking out for $19.”

Jeff Kralik, The Drunken Cyclist: “Way back in the day I was a French teacher and basketball coach at a boarding school in the Hudson Valley…. The school was in the town that was shared by perhaps the most widely known winery in the appellation and although I did visit a couple of times, well, I did not venture beyond that singular outpost. Based on this wine, I might want to consider a trip to my old ‘stomping grounds.’ While this wine is a bit smokey and green on the nose, it is a wonderfully restrained wine that does harken the wines of Bourgueil and even Chinon: a dash of fruit with depth and myriad flavors, this is both tantalizing and intriguing. Hudson Valley has come a long way since my days of pacing the bench and this winery requires more scouting. Very Good to Outstanding. 89-91 Points.”

Nancy Brazil, Pull That Cork: “2014 Glorie Farm Winery Cabernet Franc — translucent ruby in the glass with tart red fruit and spicy aromas. Cranberry and blueberry flavors combine with a bit of spice, hints of sweet vanilla and subtle backnotes of celery leaf. This wine is lighter bodied with nice acidity and smooth tannins…. Glorie Farm Winery’s version of Cabernet Franc is on the lighter side, but by no means lacking in flavor. This style of Cabernet Franc is the perfect red wine for a warm afternoon. Consider chilling it just slightly.”

Cathrine Todd, Dame Wine: “100% Cabernet Franc. Balance of Old World fresh autumn leaves, and New World bright black currant fruit.”

Dezel Quillen, My Vine Spot: “This was not my first foray into New York wines, but it was one of the first Cabernet Francs from the Hudson River region I had a chance to experience. I had several people over… and the wine really impressed – in quality, typicity (as two called it textbook), and price (solid QPR)…. The 2014 vintage is expressive, bright and delicious; a lovely addition to any table.”