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Monday, December 31, 2012

Whom You Know Rings In the 2013 New Year with 2010 Cabernet Franc from Peconic Bay Winery! Peachy Prefers Parties Picking Peconic!

Most of the wine I drink comes from South America, Italy, France, or California. For a while now, I have wanted to start drinking wines that are locally produced. I love the idea of supporting local businesses and cutting down on carbon emissions since less gas is used to transport the wine. The biggest fear I have, however, is that the wine just won't be as good as the wine from those other locations. Now all my fears have dissipated. The Cabernet Franc 2010 from Peconic Bay Winery is now one of my favorite red wines! This blend of 87% Cabernet Franc and 13% Merlot exceeded all my expectations. This wine has hints of berries, yet it also has a wonderful smokey quality as well. It would pair well with most any dish, including both red meats and poultry. Although, I did not need food as an excuse to get me to drink this wine. It was perfect all on its own! This is truly a high quality wine, you definitely must try!
It's only logical: one of the oldest vineyards on Long Island, and one of the 20 most widely planted variety of grapes = a wonderful wine called Cabernet Franc. Lighter than a Cabernet Sauvignon, this grape gives a bright pale red wine that can "go it alone". 
The 2010 vintage is sure to sell out, given the popularity of Peconic Bay's other vintages of the same grape. The year is being touted as the "quality benchmark for the region", so it's not to be missed. This Cab Franc wants to breathe a bit. As a matter of fact, taste it again on the second day the bottle is open, and you'll love it even more. The blackberry and black cherry balance the smokiness, and the hint of black pepper. This savory, with the fruitiness gives it a balance with tannins that linger just long enough to enhance the finish. Pair it with your meals, but enjoy a glass just for it's own sake.  
Get to know Peconic Bay Winery. High on the list of destinations for oenophiles, with their wines showing up on the menus of the best restaurants in Manhattan, this Estate Winery is expanding its cellar. The Cabernet Franc from 2010 may be gone by the time you read this review, but remember the name, and their location. North Fork, Long Island: just a limo ride away!
I know what kind of wine I like and I usually stick to that. I'm boring when it comes to wine, I know, but sometimes I'm just afraid to step outside of my comfort zone. Because of that, when the 2010 Cabernet Franc from Peconic Bay Winery showed up on my doorstep, I wasn't surprised to see a wine I've never heard of before. Of course I had to do a little research on this wine and found that it had some powerful red fruit aromas with a hint of blueberries. 
 When I saw that, I knew exactly what I wanted to pair it with. Lately I have been making cinnamon apples and I had a bunch of red apples I was planning on using to make a late night snack with. 
 Once the apples were ready, I couldn't wait to pair these two together. It was a wonderful late night pair and a good day to end a long day at work. I can't wait to have my next glass. This isn't the first wine from Peconic Bay that I've ended up enjoying. I can't wait to try some of their other wines in the future. I highly recommend them!
Peconic Bay Cabernet Franc 2010 is perfection put in a bottle. Pop open the bottle and just take in the beautiful aroma. The fresh tart sent - ahhhh now that's only the start. The aroma floats and it puts you in a trance. The beautiful hints of vanilla and caramel are divine. The beautiful ruby color of this wine fills up a glass and is very inviting. It's just beautiful. Once you take a sip you can taste amazing flavors. Very ripe and juicy and yet even a little tart. I love the taste of the cherry and strawberry. The Oak is there too. It's a gentile wine but definitely packs a punch.

Whom You Know Highly Recommends 
Cabernet Franc 2010 from Peconic Bay Winery!

...and if you thought we loved Peconic Bay before, be aware it is even held in higher esteem now as we know that upcoming Mover and Shaker Anne Hargrave is related to some responsible parties there-we have known Anne so long, when Peachy met her they were not even legal...


The 2010 Cabernet Franc is a compelling example of an already compelling varietal. Aromatically, the powerful blue-fruits component is unique – never have we seen this sort of complexity in the nose of a young Cabernet from this vineyard, and frankly we were stunned. The balance and the elegance of the wine is near perfect – simply the best we’ve seen issued from these 30 year old vines. Treated only to old French barrels, the wine is now rounded out, showing some austerity now, it should really open up in a few months. Fresh blueberry, raspberry, bing and dark cherries in the nose speak well of the fruit-forward character, but the tight and grippy back end reminds you this wine will age effortlessly for fifteen years or so, and we think it will gain all of that time. This is a must try. (This wine is $29.99 a bottle at, 300 cases of 750s and 30 cases of magnums were produced.)

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