I’m ashamed to admit I’ve never been to the Finger Lakes, but I don’t see any graceful way around it that doesn’t involve lying, so, well, there it is: I’ve never been to the Finger Lakes. That said, I have had the opportunity to taste some pretty terrific wines from the storied wine region of New York State, and tonight as I cooked up a batch of Italian Sausage and red peppers to put over pasta, I paired the cooking (and later the dining) with this beautiful Cab with much success.
Beautiful purple color, with pronounced aromas green pepper notes on the nose, laced in delicate forest floor and deep plum. The body is medium plus to full minus, not at all overbearing but far from flimsy in backbone, with continued flavors of plum, green pepper, and baking spices. The flavor profile opens up over time, showing a wide variety of deep purple and brighter red fruits, and hints of leather. A long dry finish built on a nice layer of tannins completes the experience.
Fox Run Vineyard’s 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is a really pleasant wine, a solid QPR, and a great introduction to the world of Finger Lakes wines. Not a terribly common varietal for the region, it offers a unique quality that Cab lovers — and others — are sure to enjoy. I recommend it. (sample)
NOTE: As of November 22, 2016, I’ve discontinued use of the number rating system. A note on this will follow in due course.