Paumanok Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Franc ($24) has a ripe, but varietally correct nose of blackberry and plum fruit with notes of dried autumn leaves, dried herbs and woodsy spice. With a bit of time in the glass, the faintest scent of grilled asparagus emerges as a tertiary aroma.
Cottony tannins and crunchy, fresh black cherry and blackberry flavors are accented nicely by more woodsy spice, dried herbs and plum skin on the medium-bodied palate. I appreciate the restrained oak — that really lets the fruit shine on this ripe but far-from-heavy red that begs to be enjoyed at the table with dinner. The finish is medium long and shows nice fruit and spice qualities. This is a great representation of Long Island cabernet franc in a lower-oak footprint style.
Producer: Paumanok Vineyards
North Fork of Long Island
Blend:  90% cabernet franc, 10% merlot
Price: $24

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