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Bloomer Creek Vin d'Ete Cabernet Franc 2011

Cabernet Franc from New York
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11.2% ABV
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11.2% ABV

Winemaker Notes

A stunning Cabernet Franc with aromas of red cherries, plums and thyme, developing into black raspberries and earth tones on the medium bodied palate with a nice peppery finish. Balanced, elegant and pure, this is a true pleasure to drink.

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Vin d’été means “summer wine,” and this delicate Cabernet Franc would be the perfect companion to a balmy summer eve. It’s unabashedly rustic in style, with touches of leafy herbs, clay and barnyard accentuating crisp black-cherry flavors. Brisk and sprightly on the palate, it finishes long, with a murmur of velvety tannins. Unusual and a bit mysterious, yet truly lovely.
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Bloomer Creek

Bloomer Creek

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Bloomer Creek, New York
At Bloomer Creek we consider winemaking a form of artistic expression. In a quiet hour, the beauty of a painting or a fine glass of wine can feel transcendent. Both are capable of concentrating experience and memory - haze over melting snow, freshly turned earth, birdsong in spring. The French use the term "terroir" to describe this "magic" in wine.

Bloomer Creek, named after the small creek running behind the 10 acre vineyard on the west side of Cayuga Lake, is a small family run business established over 30 years ago by owners/vignerons Kim Engle and Debra Bermingham. Kim, Debra, and Katy Koken, assistant vigneron (Cornell Viticulture/Enology 2011) make every effort to preserve a “sense of place” in their wine. All vines are trellised on Scott-Henry for maximum exposure to sunlight, with leaf pulling and fruit thinning done by hand. No herbicides are used, and weed control is done mechanically. We use seaweed/fish, and compost formulations to aid in disease resistance and vine health.

New York

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Increasingly garnering widespread and well-deserved attention, New York ranks third in wine production in the United States (after California and Washington). Divided into six AVAs—the Finger Lakes, Lake Erie, Hudson River, Long Island, Champlain Valley of New York and the Niagara Escarpment, which crosses over into Michigan as well as Ontario, Canada—the state experiences varied climates, but in general summers are warm and humid while winters are very cold and can carry the risk of frost well into the growing season.

The Finger Lakes region has long been responsible for some of the country’s finest Riesling, and is gaining traction with elegant, light-bodied Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc. Experimentation with cold-hardy European varieties is common, and recent years have seen the successful planting of grapes like Grüner Veltliner and Saperavi (from the Eastern European country of Georgia). Long Island, on the other hand, has a more maritime climate influenced by the Atlantic Ocean, and shares some viticultural characteristics with Bordeaux. Accordingly, the best wines here are made from Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The Niagara Escarpment is responsible for excellent ice wines, usually made from the hybrid variety, Vidal.

Cabernet Franc

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The subtler and more delicate of the Cabernets, Cabernet Franc is a proud parent of Cabernet Sauvignon. While both are important grapes in modern day, high quality Bordeaux, interestingly, Cabernet Franc most likely originated from the Basque region of France sometime during the middle 1600’s. Today Cabernet Franc produces outstanding single varietal wines across the wine producing world, with some of its most classic examples from France’s Loire Valley, in the regions of Chinon, Bourgueil and Saumur-Champigny. Outside of France, Cabernet Franc performs quite well in parts of California, New York and Virginia. It is also a great blending grape.

In the Glass

Cabernet Franc typically tastes of red raspberries, cherries and herbs, with a stunning perfume of violets, tobacco and spice.

Perfect Pairings

Mouthwatering acidity makes Cabernet Franc an incredibly food-friendly wine, helping to cut through the richness of fatty meat dishes. It especially shines in tandem with lamb, and its affinity for the spice cabinet allows it to pair perfectly with Chinese dishes prepared with Szechuan pepper and five-spice.

Sommelier Secrets

One of California's best-kept secrets is the Happy Canyon appellation of Santa Barbara. Here Cabernet Franc shines as a single varietal wine or in blends, expressing sumptuous fruit, savory aromas and polished tannins.

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