Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Raphael Cabernet Franc `07 (not TJ's) $13.99 **

I finally understand what it means when someone says that a wine smells like leather.  This Cabernet Franc smells like a library in a stately home. It needs to be aerated, to deepen it.  Rather than open it up, the Vinturi made it seem more lush. On first sip, this is a veggie, light, peppery wine - with a tart finish.  Really, think celery leaves.

That being said, this is a cheese wine.  Tonight, we are going with Brie, crackers and grapes.  Meh, better with cheese.  BUT there is much better and cheaper out there to be had.

I really, really, really wanted to love this wine.  It is locally grown and bottled on Long Island by Raphael Vineyards, but I just can't do it.  I have a bottle of their Rose to try as well. (fingers crossed!)

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