Monday, November 18, 2019

Glendale Ridge Cabernet Franc Vintner’s Reserve 2017



I recently went on a tasting tour with my sister Claudia and my friend Rich Srsich. We ventured out near Amherst Massachusetts in my quest to try to taste more quality wines from that state. Glendale Ridge Vineyards is a small 5 acre family run winery. It is a small 5 acre winery in the  Pioneer Valley located in the central part of the state.

It was a great visit! We met Mary Hameln the owner. Spectacular Estate Pet Nat, terrific Estate Crescent, lovely estate Traminette, and wonderful estate Corot Noir. I also enjoyed the Cabernet Franc.

Recently I just drew it from my pile of wines to try with dinner. It was paired with a lovely clay pot chicken done with garlic rosemary and onion salt and pepper. It was a classic dish waiting for a lovely bottle of wine It was a classic dish waiting for a lovely bottle of wine. Glendale Ridge did not disappoint.

Glendale Ridge Vintner’s Select Cabernet Franc 2017 was an absolutely lovely wine. It started off with dark cherry and dark raspberry swirled with hints of cranberry and raspberry it slowly devolved into layers of spice and vanilla with a smooth metal and a nice dry finish. It showed good complexity revealing new fruits each time we took a sip with our beautiful chicken.

Glendale Ridge Vineyads is part of a new generation of Massachusetts wineries using a state fruit and making quality wines. They are a welcome addition to any table and really enjoyed my time there. I promise you will too.

A terrific bottle of wine!