Thursday, December 17, 2009

2006 Finger Lakes

2006 Shalestone Vineyards

2006 Shalestone Vineyards Cabernet Franc, Finger Lakes

This is one of those wines that you buy out of curiosity, but after drinking, are glad that it's out of the cellar. A wine of Finger Lakes, from a producer that I quite like. Rob Thomas is passionate about what he's doing, and very humble about his wines. I really like him. Which is why I'm disappointed that the two wines I bought from him, a merlot, and this cabernet franc were so underwhelming.

Light colour once decanted, which was quite promising. I'm so tired of these inky wines, bearing more resemblance to balsamic vinegar than wine. The nose was quite restrained, with good sweet fruit, and some brambles. Good. This is a cabernet franc, after all. And I remember quite liking this wine when I tasted it at the winery. It's in the mouth and after a few hours that this wine begins to show some issues. It's sweet. Barely any structure, sweet texture, some jamminess developing - an American wine all around. Devolves quite rapidly. Sickly sweet almost. At least the alcohol's under control.

Should I have been expecting something different? This is clearly a wine that the American palate would love. I opened it 12 months too late. Where's that structure and density I tasted last July?

I don't know what to think. I really like Rob, and I think he has the right philosophy with regards to the fruit he purchases. Just not impressed with this wine.

DF

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