Applewood Winery, located in Warwick, NY, was founded in 1993 by Jonathan Hull, who serves as winemaker. Hull makes apple wine, hard cider and also more traditional wines, including this non-vintage cabernet franc. I’m not sure where the grapes were grown. It’s labeled under the New York State AVA, so it could be most anywhere. I also haven’t been able to track down information on the vintages that went into this wine.
Light-to-medium garnet in color, it’s slightly opaque in the glass. The nose isn’t overly expressive with only the lightest plum and blackberry aromas, and just a little oaky spice.
The light plum and blackberry character carries over to the palate here with raw-tasting oak on the mid-palate that brings a little vanila with it as well. The palate is medium bodied, with medium tannins.
The finish is short and overall, and this wine wasn’t identifiable as cabernet franc when tasted blind. My guess is that the fruit came either from a lesser vineyard location or from a wet year (2006?).
Producer: Applewood Winery
AVA: New York State
Rating: (1.5 out of 5 | Not Recommended-to-Average)