Buttonwood Grove Cabernet Franc 2015: $19 Good+

The Buttonwood Grove Winery Cabernet Franc (Finger Lakes, NY) 2015 $19 [Good+] does not fit the typical profile of a 2015 Cabernet Franc.  Light garnet in color, this looks like an old wine, while the aromas and flavors are aggressively spicy.  Pepper lovers will like this wine.  Others should probably find another bottle from this vintage.

Light garnet in color, this wine looks much older than it is.  The Buttonwood’s aromas are aggressively spicy and savory, with scents of pepper, dried leaves, and rubber.  There is a fair amount of jammy red fruit too, but the spicy and savory elements rule.  Medium bodied, dry, very peppery, with light tannin, balance is OK.  Flavors of jammy red fruit, autumn leaves, intense peppery spice, vanilla, and rubber are forceful, but certainly not for everyone.  The finish is very spicy and peppery with good length.  June 2017


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