raphael-2010-cabernet-francRipe but Old World-styled, Raphael 2010 Cabernet Franc ($25) offers blackberry and black cherry aromas with layers of dried autumn leaves, sandalwood and a light sprinkling of pencil shavings on the nose.

Medium-to-full bodied, the palate is ripe and rife with those same black fruits, accented by varied earthy flavors, dried herbs — with medium-intense, drying tannins. The finish shows a bitter, almost chemical note that is off putting and mars what is otherwise a fine example of North Fork cabernet franc.

Producer: Raphael
AVA: North Fork of Long Island
ABV: 12.8%
Price: $25* | Buy Now From Empire State Cellars

(2.5 out of 5, Average-to-Very Good)