12/12/18 6:00am

Bedell Cellars 2016 Cabernet Franc. (Credit: Cyndi Zaweski)

Though it may not ripen as consistently as merlot, I still find Long Island’s cabernet franc-based wines to be some of the most compelling. It’s especially true when the winemaker steps back and lets the fruit speak for itself rather than covering it up with excessive new oak barrels.

There is a place for smoky, vanilla-tinged red wine, of course, but Long Island’s best cabernet franc typically features far less of an oak footprint, if it has one at all. (more…)