Barry Family Cellars Cabernet Franc 2016: $26 Good+

The Barry Family Cellars Cabernet Franc (Finger Lakes, NY) 2016 $26 [Good+] has attractive aromas of tart red fruit, dates, spice, and hints of chocolate.  The overall impresion sometimes suggests a raspberry dessert or chocolate raspberry candies.  The concentration of  flavor does not impress as much as the aromas, and the finish of this wine is short.  Drink it with snacks or dinner.

Light to medium bright ruby, the BFC has a violet edge.  The aromas show a good deal of oak — vanilla and baking spice especially — as well as tart raspberry, fig/date, and peppery spice.  Medium bodied, mouth filling, with minimal tannin and above average acidity, balance is good.  Moderately intense flavors of tart red berries, fig/date, vanilla, baking spice, peppery spice, and stony mineral have good purity.  Flavors fall off rapidly in the finish, which is short.  April 2018


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