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Wine Recommendation

Waters Crest Winery

2003 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.


The Wine

Winery: Waters Crest Winery
Vintage: 2003
Wine: Cabernet Franc
Appellation: North Fork of Long Island
Grape: Cabernet Franc

Review Date: 9/8/2005

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.