Thinnish garnet with clear edges. Grassy, dirty, woodsy, 7-Up bouquet with a peppery note blending seamlessly into spicy oak. Fruit heads the plum and nectarine direction. Not a horrible-smelling wine, but green and not refined. It goes through several stages of opening up–some more pleasant than others. It has a pond-water stage. And an oaky stage. A bright Gamay stage. Then it settles down into something fairly serious: Loire-ish but without significant complexity. A half-hour of air will give you something more akin to *home winemaker*. Oak dominates in the mouth, thin, not-particularly-bright Twizzler fruit makes an appearance before watering down into the very dry, rusty-steel finish. A very curious wine. Everyone should try it.
2012 Heron Hill Cabernet Frank Finger Lakes 12.5