I've enjoyed winemaker Osprey's Dominion Vineyards winemaker Adam Suprenant's cabernet franc for as long as I've been drinking Long Island wines. Even in the so-called lesser years, it's one of my favorites.
At $20, it's also one of the best values in local franc.
Chocolate-covered cherries come to mind on the nose along with ripe black raspberries, rubbed sage, dried cherries and a little oak.
Medium-to-full bodied, the palate is extremely ripe -- edging on too ripe -- with blackberries and black raspberries leading the way. A sprinkling of herbs -- sage and thyme -- mingles with notes of dark chocolate and maybe just a bit too much charcoal/oak.
Round in the mouth, the tannins are medium-light with acidity that brings a bit of freshness to the medium-length finish that again is a bit woody.
Producer: Osprey's Dominion Vineyards
AVA: North Fork of Long Island