Millbrook Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2010

 

This past weekend my husband and I went to an absolutely wonderful yoga retreat in the Hamptons. In order to prepare for our totally zen weekend, we were advised to eat vegan the day before our retreat. I am vegetarian, but lack the self control to make anything without adding cheese to it. So we headed out to New World Bistro Bar, one of only 2 [!] restaurants in our area that offer a vegan menu. To accompany my mango coconut soup, cajun-blackened string beans, brussel sprouts 4 ways and flat bread, I selected their bottle special of the week, Millbrook Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2010. I have to somewhat sheepishly admit this is the first New York State wine I have enjoyed, so I have previously been rather delinquent in seeking out more to taste, since this was so enjoyable I’m enthusiastic to begin again.

 

Millbrook Vineyards was founded in 1981 by John Dyson, a former New York State Commissioner of Commerce and Agriculture. The 130 acre farm was the first vineyard in the Hudson River region of New York dedicated exclusively to growing grapes for wine production.  Utilizing the 30 acres of vineyards, winemaker John Graziano has been crafting small batch, high quality wines for Millbrook since 1984.

 

Bright cranberry-garnet in colour, delicate aromas of strawberry and cherry dusted with baking spices swirled about in the glass. Tart cherry and blackberry flavours abounded in the medium body. Soft tannins ushered in the moderate finish of subtle, warm cinnamon, fennel and white pepper notes. Smooth and easy drinking, this is a fantastic glass for the table.

 

 

75% Cabernet Franc, 25% Merlot

Hudson Valley
New York
Produced & Bottled by Millbrook Winery
13% Alcohol
$16 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2013

*1179 cases made

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