This isn’t a wine that everyone is going to appreciate. As some would say, this is a cab franc lover’s cab franc. You need to appreciate the earthiness of the grape — the herbal edges too.

Bloomer Creek Vineyard 2011 Vin d’ete Cabernet Franc ($18) isn’t driven by bold fruit flavors. The cool, wet 2011 vintage saw to that. Instead, winemaker Kim Engle took what the season gave him, and the result is a unique, impressive wine that the franc lover in me greatly enjoyed.

Aromas of Provencal herbs — especially thyme and lavender — float from the glass, joined by bright red fruits and earthy, leafy notes.

Savory and a little rustic, the medium-light palate shows enough red cherry and raspberry to envelope the well-integrated herbal notes and earthy edge. As the wine sits open for a day, notes of black pepper and black tea join the savory team.  You won’t find a lot of tannic structure here, but there is more than enough crunchy acidity to frame the flavors.

Producer: Bloomer Creek Vineyard
Finger Lakes
ABV: 11.2%
Production: 350 cases
Price: $18

(3.5 out of 5 | Very Good, Recommended to Outstanding and Delicious, Highly Recommended)