Where do you stand? Is plummy Long Island merlot your favorite, or are you more a fan of the cherry-driven and herbal cabernet franc? For those who aren't sure yet, here's a local franc that shows off the purity of what the grape can yield on the North Fork.
2009 Cabernet Franc is an interesting wine. The grapes were grown, harvested, pressed and fermented under Macari winemaker, Kelly Urbanik, before being handed over to new winemaker Rich Olsen-Harbich when he took over the helm. Olsen-Harbich is a cab franc fan, and decided to finish the '09 with minimal oak, showing of the grape's characteristics and the North Fork terroir.
On the nose, the wine shows bright aromas of cherry, raspberry and stewed rhubarb fruit with mossy, herbal notes, a touch of clove spice and light cedar nuances, very clean aromas.
On the palate, spicy flavors of clove and allspice are surprisingly pronounced, though they in no way overshadow the clean and bright bing cherry, dried strawberry and gooey, jammy raspberry fruit. The spice on this is really wild, adding a wonderful layer of complexity. On the finish, tart acid and soft tannins linger.
The verdict: Bedell Cellars, meet the terroir-driven style of Rich Olsen-Harbich.
Price: $30 at the tasting room.
And for a different viewpoint, check out this wine's review on local wine blog New York Cork Report.