Damiani Cabernet Franc 2015: $22 Very Good+

The Damiani Wine Cellars Cabernet Franc (Finger Lakes, NY) 2015 $22 [Very Good+] is one of the top Cabernet Francs of the vintage.  This bottle boasts beguiling aromas, pure and forceful flavors, and a long finish.  It is a wine to sip or drink with a variety of dinner foods.

Medium ruby in color, warm aromas of red and black fruit, vanilla, tobacco, sandalwood, peppery spice and lead pencil are very appealing, and impress with the harmony of the disparate elements.  Full bodied, with medium intense grippy/gritty tannins, and average acidity, balance is very good.  The tannins soften with a bit of air, giving the wine a sleeker profile.  Substantial flavors of ripe raspberry, black currant, vanilla, peppery and brown spice, and lead pencil have nice purity and precision.  The finish is lightly gritty, forceful, and quite long.  Flavors linger.  July 2017


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