One of the wineries I visited on my recent trip to the Finger Lakes was Fox Run Vineyards. Marisa Indelicato, Marketing & Events, and Dan Mitchell, Sales Manager, were most gracious and accommodating. They treated me to a tour of the production facility, as well as a VIP tasting in their front tasting room, which offered a great view of Seneca Lake. We tasted through many of their wines, both whites and reds. Highlights included a tasting of the 2010 Tierce Riesling, a joint effort produced by Fox Run, Anthony Road, Red Newt, a side-by-side tasting of their 2011 unoaked Chardonnay and their 2009 Reserve barrel-fermented Chardonnay, and a side-by-side tasting of their 2009 Cabernet Franc and 2010 Reserve Cabernet Franc. When I tasted the 2010 Reserve Cabernet Franc, I knew I had discovered a lovely red from the Finger Lakes. Red wines production is still in its growing stages in the area due to the cooler climate, but I found this wine to be delightful, so I purchased a bottle, $39.99 at the winery less my industry discount, to taste and enjoy further.
Last night I decided to open the 2010 Reserve Cabernet Franc and I was not disappointed. It was a beautiful, medium ruby color. Aromas and flavors included bacon (yes, I said bacon!), chocolate, smoke, blackberry, raspberry, and plum. Because it is a cool-climate red, it also has nice acidity and softer tannins, which means it’s very food-friendly. The longer the bottle was open, the more the berry and fruit flavors developed.
The winery suggests pairing this wine with pan-roasted chicken, salmon, and seared tuna, but sometimes I like to be a rule breaker. I paired it with potato and cheddar-encrusted cod and a side of green beans and red potatoes in a creamy sauce. It worked well due to the rich potato and cheddar crust and the creaminess of the side dish. It would also work well with hearty holiday and comfort foods. If you have the opportunity to purchase this wine, I suggest you do. It’s a great example of a nice, cool-climate Cabernet Franc that will accompany a variety of dishes, holiday or otherwise. Only 68 cases were made, so don’t hesitate if you’re interested. You may browse their wines, including this one, at this link. Below are the specs for the 2010 Reserve Cabernet Franc.
Winemaker: Peter Bell
Assistant Winemaker: Tricia Renshaw
100% Cabernet Franc
Barrel Aging: 18 months 100% French and American Oak
Fermentation: 100% barrel fermented
Bottling Date: June 2012
Residual Sugar: 0%
Acid: 5.5 g/L
Alcohol %: 12.9%
Vineyard Site: Fox Run Vineyards Blocks 6 & 8
Block 6: Est. 1995, Alternating layers of clay and sand.
Block 8: Est. 1997, Shallow bedrock and shale.
Awards: Double Gold – 2012 New York Wine & Food Classic