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2010 Benmarl Cabernet Franc Ridge Rd Estate HRR 13%

A bit spicy on the nose with nice notes of rose stems, pink peppercorn, mineral red fruit and a touch of salt with hints of melon rind. On the palate this shows a fine mineral edge, it’s small scaled but very well balanced and transparent with lovely ripe raspberry fruit. The tannins are quite ripe and the acid fully integrated. On the back end this shows a lean nature, slightly austere though very fresh with cranberry and cherry pit fruit that carries through on the modest finish. 86pts

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  • You should try the excellentPinot Noir from Heart and Hands Wine Co, in the Finger Lakes with which I have no affiliation. However, as a wine columnist, they sent me a media sample and I was blown away.

    Mar 21, 2012 at 2:46 PM

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