Wine: New York cab francs
New York State’s Finger Lakes region isn’t just a source of world-class rieslings anymore, said Eric Asimov in The New York Times. Vintners are learning that cabernet franc is another grape that thrives in that climate, yielding “lovely” cab francs that should soon be the region’s signature reds. Light- to medium-bodied, these “savory and spicy” wines adore food.
2014 Lakewood Vineyards ($18). Our top pick “epitomizes the Finger Lakes style.” A fresh, nuanced wine with an “almost crunchy” texture, it delivers “savory flavors of flowers, herbs, and spicy fruit.”
2015 Schneider & Bieler ‘Le Breton’ ($21). Darker and more concentrated than the others, this well-balanced wine finishes with “lingering flavors of cranberries and herbs.”
2014 Inspire Moore ‘Wisdom’ ($19). “A deliciously saline, savory mouthful,” this cab franc tastes of both tart and sweet fruit. ■