Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Benmarl 2008 Cabernet Franc Hudson River Region


I am a big fan of Benmarl in the Hudson Valley. Kristop Brown and Matt Specarelli, and the entire SPecarelli family, are working wonders, taking an old line name in the Hudson Valley and turning it into one of the very forward thinking, modern wineries in the Valley. It's a special place, where special things are going on.

I recently saw Matt Specarelli at the City Winery event, and tried some of their wines.
Here's Matt with Paul from Whitecliff

One of the nicest surprises of the day was their 2008 Cabernet Franc Hudson River Region. Really nice nose. None of the grassiness you sometimes get from a Cab Franc. This had a nice deep, purple color. Big nose. Touch of plum and vanilla. Bright and dark chaerry on the tongue. Smooth, dry, delicious finish!
A wonderful, wonderful wine!!!!