Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Waters Crest Cabernet Franc 2009

So I was walking around the Governor's Mansion in Albany, New York, during the Governor's second Wine, Beers, Spirits, and Ciders conference Grand Tasting. And I spotted a bottle of Water's Crest Cabernet Franc 2009, which is a new release!

According to the notes, "The grapes were harvested from a small private 7 acre farm in Southold. The vines are planted North/South harnessing all available sunlight for ripening/sugar development and tannin structure.  The sandy loam soil retains any moisture received, making it available for the roots of the vines during the driest summer months optimizing overall grape development.The wine was aged 18 months in New French Oak."
Big, ripe cherry, raspberry,  and cassis come across on the nose. Also some earthiness and spice. The cherry and cassis come across as promised, as well as some plum. The fruit lasts a nice long time due to a good acidity. There's also some mocha and other spices on the back end, as well as some nice tannins. Complex. Mouthwatering. A long, long finish. The flavor just lasts. Nice!