White Birch Cabernet Franc 2015: $27 Very Good+

The White Birch Vineyards Cabernet Franc (Hobbit Hollow Farm, Finger Lakes, NY) 2016 $27 [Very Good+] overflows with candied raspberry fruit.  Apart from its depth of flavor, this wine is also nicely balanced with a very long finish.  Drinkers who love pure fruity exuberance will especially enjoy this wine.

Medium ruby in color, the aromas are initially very sweet and candied, with a great deal of raspberry fruit, accented by chocolate, tobacco, nut oils and graphite.  There is very little of the peppery spice that so often dominates Finger Lakes Cabernet Franc.  Medium bodied, soft and silky, with a good deal of tannin, balance is good.  Flavors of raspberry and cherry liqueur are quite powerful, accented lightly by graphite and mineral notes, along with a smidgen of Cabernet Franc spice.  The finish is moderately gritty and mouth puckering, with considerable length.  October 2017


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