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Wine Recommendation

Pellegrini Vineyards

2001 Cabernet Franc
(Long Island)

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.


The Wine

Winery: Pellegrini Vineyards
Vintage: 2001
Wine: Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Long Island
Grape: Cabernet Franc

Review Date: 3/14/2006

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.