Ravines “Cerise” Red Wine 2016: $19 Very Good to Very Good+

“Cerise" is the French word for cherry, and this wine has a vivid kernel of cherry fruit, as well as nice balance and a strong herbal/mineral streak.  It reminds me of a Burgundy from the Côte de Beaune, although this is a blend of Pinot Noir and Blaufränkisch, not 100% Pinot Noir. The wine seems young, capable of improvement with a couple of years of bottle age.  It will be interesting to see how it evolves.  Drink it with French-style cooking.

The Ravines Wine Cellars “Cerise” Red Wine (Finger Lakes, NY) 2016 $19 [Very Good to Very Good+] is light ruby in color.  The aromas are initially austere and very mineral, but broaden with air to show tart cherry fruit, smoky mineral, tobacco, roasted nuts and green herbs.  Medium bodied, with light firm tannin, balance is very good.  Flavors of tart red cherry, black cherry, smoky mineral and lightly bitter green stemmy notes have nice purity and focus, and very good concentration.  The finish is lightly tannic, nicely balanced and harmonious, with very good length.  Flavors linger.  March 2018


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