Bill Dowd photoThis '05 blend was one of the wines featured at a workshop I presented during the recent annual "Pride of New York Harvest Fest" wine and food extravaganza in Albany, NY.
• 2005 Sheldrake Point Cabernet Franc:
The cab franc wine is aged nine months, then blended with a touch of cabernet sauvignon to soften the tannins and mouthfeel.
This is a particularly fruity product, ripe with the taste of blackberries and plum, both evident in a full nose that accurately portrays what is to come. Good middle notes, with the sweetness gradually dissipating but the aftertaste of fruit taking a little longer to go.
Sheldrake Point Vineyard is located in Ovid, NY, on the western shore of Cayuga Lake, 20 miles north of Ithaca, home of Cornell University. This cab franc retails for $26.
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