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Wine Recommendation

Osprey's Dominion Vineyards

2002 Cabernet Franc
(North Fork of Long Island)

Osprey’s Dominion 2002 Cabernet Franc ($22), which was aged for 12 months in small oak barrels, seems fuller bodied and more lush than the double gold medal winning 2001 edition, but the flavor profile is similar.

It features an aromatic berry-forward nose with ripe raspberries, baked cherries and hot cocoa aromas.

Soft and round on the palate, this low-tannin red has a little less structure than the ‘01, but is no less delicious, with flavors matching the aromas and just enough oak character. Super-subtle hints of Italian basil add a layer of complexity that makes this wine impossible to dislike.

Reviewed March 14, 2006 by Lenn Thompson.


The Wine

Winery: Osprey's Dominion Vineyards
Vintage: 2002
Wine: Cabernet Franc
Appellation: North Fork of 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.