There is more to New York than bright lights and big city. Head northwest of Manhattan, and you’ll hit the Finger Lakes region of New York. It is booming with wine and beautiful vineyards as far as the eye can see. If you’re not familiar with the area, you have to check it out on a map. The lakes look like fingers… kind of, sort of. They are leftovers from the retreat of Ice Age glaciers long, long ago. One of the wines I tried on my last visit to The Empire State: Lamoreaux Landing T23 Cabernet Franc 2013.
Lamoreaux Landing T23 Cabernet Franc 2013$20
The area is not very well-known for their red wines. White wines reign supreme in the Finger Lakes. Cabernet franc, however, is a sturdy, stubborn grape that can withstand the blistering cold New York winters. This wine is unoaked too which makes it extra special. “Unoaked” means this wine never saw the inside of an oak barrel. It went straight into stainless steel walls. No oaky flavors. No rounding out of notes. It is straight up Cabernet Franc. With strong notes of cherries and berries on the nose and more juicy dark fruit flavors in the mouth. A light, lingering and sweet finish. For a pairing, I would have this with roasted chicken or a meatball sub. Why not glam up a sandwich meal?
Summer in New York is ugly… I might get stoned by New Yorkers for saying that, but it is. Muggy and sticky, and just UGH! Then the sun falls and so does the heat. I can picture chillaxing outside on a patio with a generous glass of Lamoreaux Landing T23 Cabernet Franc 2013. The calm, peaceful lake reflecting the moon above. It is what cool summers nights are made of and memories for years to come. Just don’t forget the bug spray.
For more info on the Finger Lakes wine trail: CLICK HERE