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Wine Recommendation

Corey Creek Vineyards 2005 Cabernet Franc  (North Fork of Long Island)

Corey Creek Vineyards

2005 Cabernet Franc
(North Fork of Long Island)

Despite the obvious success of Merlot on the North Fork, there are many people – myself included – who get just as excited about Cabernet Franc. This grape, a more subdued, more feminine genetic parent of Cabernet Sauvignon thrives in our climate.

Fill a blind-tasting table with Long Island Cabernet Franc, however, and you'll taste almost as many styles as there are wineries – from un-oaked, Chinon-style reds best suited to casual foods and young drinking all the way up to rich, strenuously oaked wines that can cellar well and seem almost Sauvignon-like in their flavor profile. Vintage variation and ripeness plays a big part, but so does winemaker style and whim. In cooler or wetter years, when the grapes don't ripen to their potential or flavors get diluted by excess water, these barrel-aged wines can be somewhat flat and lifeless.

Not so with this wine. 2005 was a remarkable year on the North Fork, the growing season was warm and extremely dry – at least until a harvest-time deluge ravaged some vineyards. But, for those wineries that literally weathered the storm, strong, drying winds soon followed and 2005 is already shaping up to be a benchmark year for Long Island red wines, with this wine a fine first release.

Cherry and other red berries mingle on the nose with a wisp of smoke, subtle green herbs and earthy dried leaf aromas. I love the flavorful, rich mid-palate on this wine, with flavors in line with the nose. Well balanced with well-integrated tannins, it's a wine of deliciously crafted structure. Bold yet elegant, this is a fine example of how well this Bordeaux-like style of Cabernet Franc can be done here.

Reviewed March 8, 2007 by Lenn Thompson.

The Wine

Winery: Corey Creek Vineyards
Vintage: 2005
Wine: Cabernet Franc
Appellation: North Fork of Long Island
Grapes: Cabernet Franc (75%), Merlot (15%), Cabernet Sauvignon (10%)
Price: 750ml $25.00

Review Date: 3/8/2007

The Reviewer

Lenn Thompson

Lenn Thompson writes about New York wines for Dan's Papers,
Long Island Press, Long Island Wine Gazette, Edible East End
and Two words describe his taste in wine — balance and nuance. Lenn prefers food-friendly, elegant wines to jammy, over-extracted fruit bombs and heavy-handed oak. When reviewing, Lenn tastes each wine three times — alone right after opening, with food, and again the next day — believing that 90-second reviews are unrealistic and not how the average person enjoys wine.