Waters Crest Winery2003 Cabernet Franc
(North Fork of Long Island)
Eventually, we all get sick of drinking Long Island Merlot (even the good ones). The next time that happens, try on a bottle of Waters Crest Winery 2003 Cabernet Franc ($30), a double gold medal winning wine at the 2005 New York Food and Wine Festival in Canandaigua.
Some local Cab Franc can be a bit lean and lifeless, but this one is different from the second it hits the bottom of your glass. Extended maceration gives this wine a deep, rich garnet color and beautiful deep extraction. Aromas of cocoa, exotic spice and wet topsoil reach right up out of the glass. This red is full bodied and mouth-filling, with lush chocolate flavors. Winemaker Jim Waters only made 130 cases, with long-term aging in mind.
Reviewed September 8, 2005 by Lenn Thompson.
Lenn Thompson writes about New York wines for Dan's Papers,