Raphael2004 Cabernet Franc
(North Fork of Long Island)
Raphael's 2004 Cabernet Franc ($18), fermented 100% in stainless steel (at 70 degrees), is a medium ruby-colored wine offers that aromatic qualities you'd expect from this variety, with fresh red cherry, violets and subtle herbal qualities.
The palate is light bodied and fresh, with cherry flavor that leans toward cherry soda (without the sugary sweetness of course) because of tongue-tingling acidity. The tannins are low and I'd recommend drinking this wine withing the next few years, preferably with food. It can probably even handle a slight chill, making it a nice wine for summer parties and grilled foods.
Reviewed May 2, 2006 by Lenn Thompson.
Lenn Thompson writes about New York wines for Dan's Papers,