Shalestone Cabernet Franc 2013: $20 Good+

The Shalestone Vineyards Cabernet Franc (Finger Lakes, NY) 2013 $20 [Good+] is a well made wine with pure flavors.  It is not nearly as lush and powerful as the 2012.

Bright medium purple ruby in color, the nose shows vanilla, chocolate and stony notes as well as good raspberry/dark berry fruit.  Medium bodied, with bright acidity, the Shalestone has little tannin.  It could use a bit more structure.  Medium intense flavors of black berries, raspberry and red currant have an appealing brightness but not a great deal of power.  The fruit is accented by notes of milk chocolate and stone and supported by a saline underpinning.  The finish is strongly saline with good length.  June 2015


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