Keuka Lake Cabernet Franc 2015: $18 Good

The Keuka Lake Vineyards Cabernet Franc (Finger Lakes, NY) 2015 $18 [Good] is lightly intense, with near-jammy strawberry fruit outgunned by peppery and savory elements.  Drink this bottle with food.

Light ruby in color, modestly intense ripe strawberry fruit is eclipsed by savory elements — peppery spice, green stems, dried leaves, menthol, and ferrous mineral.  Medium bodied, soft and open-knit, with light tannin, balance is OK.  Flavors of ripe strawberry, dried leaves, peppery spice, mineral, and an unwelcome bitter note have modest appeal.  The finish is short, leaving behind a bitter note, which lingers.  June 2017


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© Douglas Hillstrom 2014