By Evan Dawson, Finger Lakes Editor
Photos by Morgan Dawson
When the demonstration room at the New York Wine & Culinary Center filled up at 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning, 328 glasses of cabernet franc lit up the amphitheater like strands of single-color Christmas lights. It was a bit daunting for the 42 winemakers, winegrowers, industry professionals, newspaper writers, retailers and bloggers.
This statement is a little broad-sweeping and probably a touch unfair, and maybe it will get some backlash, but I can't help it.
The bottom two wines based on score were the 2005 Charles Joguet Chinon (Dioterie cuvee, $36) and the 2005 Domaine des Vallettes Bourgueil ($12). The other non-FL wine, the Shinn Estate Vineyards 2007(Long Island), finished in the bottom half of the scoring pack.
Ah, but break down the numbers: Retailers and writers rated the Chinon and Shinn in the top 6 wines, while wine industry professionals had them way down the list.
Having now tasted the Shinn, I can say that I find all the hype for this wine to be absolutely justified. That's why I couldn't figure out why the majority of local wine professionals didn't care for it, and I wonder if there's a bit of "house palate syndrome" going on.
1. Ravines Wine Cellars 2007 Cabernet FrancT2. Shalestone 2007 Cabernet FrancT2. Billsboro 2007 Cabernet Franc4. Red Newt Cellars 2007 Cabernet Franc5. Keuka Spring Vineyards 2007 Cabernet FrancT6. Hermann J. Wiemer 2007 Cabernet FrancT6. Anthony Road 2007 Lemberger / Cabernet Franc8. Damiani 2007 Cabernet Franc