Lakewood Cabernet Franc 2016: $18 Good+

There is certainly a good deal of ripe and attractive red fruit in the Lakewood Vineyards Cabernet Franc (Finger Lakes, NY) 2016 $18 [Good+], but oaky and bitter notes reduce its appeal.  Drink this wine with food.

Medium ruby in color, the aromas include ripe strawberry and raspberry fruit, vanilla, tobacco, spice and cedar notes.  Medium bodied, plump, with refreshing acidity and light tannin, balance is good.  Substantial flavors of ripe strawberry and raspberry are inflected with vanilla, spice (brown and peppery), cedar, tobacco, and a bitter note.  Strong oaky and savory elements reduce this wine’s appeal.  The finish is moderately bitter and gently spicy, with good length.  Bitter green notes linger.  January 2018


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