90pointsOsmote 2017 Cabernet Franc (Seneca Lake)

Pretty floral and pink peppercorn aromas start off this light-bodied red, with shades of fresh green herbs riding over a core of high-toned cranberry and currant. The palate brings a slim profile of tart red-fruit flavors, with a savory granite twang creeping up on the midpalate and feather-light tannins offering support. It was sourced from Sawmill Creek Vineyard on the east side of Seneca Lake and aged in large-format French barrels (50% new) for eight months. Alexander Peartree

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  • Alcohol
    13.1%
  • Bottle Size
    750 ml
  • Category
    Red
  • Date Published
    6/1/2019
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    Not rated yet [Add Your Review]
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