Keuka Lake Cabernet Franc 2016: $21 Good+

The Keuka Lake Vineyards Cabernet Franc (Finger Lakes, NY) 2016 $21 [Good+] is a peppery/spicy wine with moderately intense near-jammy red fruit.  It is open-knit and quaffable — at least for drinkers who like their Cabernet Franc on the bell pepper & spicy side.  Drink it with dinner.

Light ruby in color, the medium intense aromas are dominated by pepper, bell pepper and herbaceous/bitter notes. Lightly jammy red fruit lies in the background.  Medium bodied, soft, plump, and lightly structured, the KLV has a peppery mouth feel.  Balance is good.  Uncomplicated flavors of lightly jammy red fruit, pepper, bell pepper, and bitter herbs have good concentration.  The finish is gritty and peppery, showing more tannin than the mid palate, with good length.  Spicy notes linger.  February 2018 


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