It can be difficult to narrow down Riesling around here. I know of only one winery in the Finger Lakes that doesn’t make Riesling. It’s obviously the flagship white; and deservedly so with some truly world-class options. But the reds? In recent years, Cabernet Franc has become -- whether people agree or not -- the flagship red, if there has to be a red flagship, that is. Does there? It can also be difficult to narrow down the best Cab Franc. At a blind/horizontal tasting earlier this year, there were 13 CF’s, and they were of course very very different.
One of my favorites without-a-doubt is Ryan William’s Cab Franc. This is the 2013. The 2012 and 2010 were also very very good. This stands out to me because it’s different than *most* FLX CF, which generally tends to be lighter to medium bodied. This one is dark, robust, layered, developing-ever-so-much. I think my friend Valerie called it “brooding,” which I completely agree with. I brought this to my brother-in-law earlier this year (he doesn’t usually drink single varietal CF) and he was floored.
Dark, deep, Ruby. Dark raspberries and dark cherries, a bit of black fruit but not too much. Spicy. Strong, thick, stout. A bit of graphite. Layers and layers of cassis, dark currants, and blackberries. Medium to long finish. Thick, full-bodied for an FLX CF, but medium to full (if we’re going according to “all” wine). Nice tannins, evident, but certainly not over over the top. Structure, balance, layers, all wrapped into a beautiful package.
Not sure how much is left, or if you can find it at stores, but add it to the list if you’re visiting. ✌️✌️😁👍🍷🍷