Pellegrini Vineyards2001 Cabernet Franc
Merlot rules Long Island wine country. It's the most planted variety and it's quality drove the creation of the Long Island Merlot Alliance.
But its hard to ignore the many great varietal cabernet francs being grown and made here as well. Pellegrini Vineyards does a particularly great job with this lesser-known Bordeaux varietal. Their 2001 Cabernet Franc ($18) has an extremely expressive nose (typical of the variety) that fills the air with raspberry, black cherry and sweet spice.
Juicy with some acidity and low in tannins, the palate is ripe with raspberries accented by white pepper and minty-basil notes. Enjoy it with Greek, Italian or Thanksgiving foods.
Reviewed March 14, 2006 by Lenn Thompson.
Lenn Thompson writes about New York wines for Dan's Papers,