Made with fruit sourced from the Finger Lakes, Robibero Family Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Franc ($40 | Sold Out) offers aromas of wild blueberries, blackberries and red cherries, black licorice, garden herbs and cinnamon candy.

Concentrated but not over-extracted, the palate starts with hat same black and blue fruit before showing woodsy spice, licorice, herbs and enough toasty oak to add a layer of complexity but not enough to get in the way of the intense fruit core. Medium-intensity tannins and a bit of fresh acidity provide a nice frame. Though not overly lengthy, the finish doesn’t drop off either.

Robibero is one of the up-and-coming producers in the valley that is looking for customers beyond tourists. This wine exemplifies that goal.

AVA: New York State
ABV: 13.5%
Production: 100 cases (Sold out)
Price: $40*

(3 out of 5, Very good/Recommended)