Stony Lonesome Zweigelt/Cabernet Sauvignon 2016: $23 Very Good

The Stony Lonesome Zweigelt/Cabernet Sauvignon (Finger Lakes, NY) 2016 $23 [Very Good] is a soft, round, easy-drinking wine with good flavor intensity.  The balance of this wine is initially rather awkward, so decant it or imbibe slowly.

Medium ruby in color, the aromas show plump jammy fruit (black cherry, cherry, black currant), with accents of cedar, sweet vanilla, black pepper and tar.  Quite soft and full bodied, with medium intense gritty tannin, balance is an issue initially, but improves markedly with aeration.  Open-knit and easy-drinking flavors of black cherry, cherry, black currant, vanilla, tar and black pepper have nice intensity.  The finish turns a bit gritty and peppery with good length.  September 2017


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