Ravines Cabernet Franc Finger Lakes 2012

Winemaker's Notes:

Cabernet Franc is poised to become the flagship red variety of the Finger Lakes. It is particularly well suited to the growing conditions of the Finger Lakes, both in terms of temperature resistance and length of growing season. The vibrant fruit, lively acidity, and earthy and spicy notes are the characteristics of this grape variety; particularly in the Finger Lakes region. With good vineyard practices, a moderate crop load, and gentle winemaking practices, we can consistently make interesting, age-worthy wines with this grape variety." Vinification "The grapes for this wine were all hand-harvested and de-stemmed into open top fermenters. After starting as a whole berry fermentation, multiple daily punch-downs and pump-overs were conducted. The grapes were given more than three weeks of skin contact prior to pressing. At pressing, skins were hand bucketed out to leave behind most of the seeds and sediment and avoid sources of astringency. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrels for improved texture. Prior to bottling, the wine received a slight filtration." Vineyards "White Springs (38%), 16 Falls (38%), Hobbit Hollow (14%), Argetsinger (10%) The White Springs vineyard is Honeyoye loam over limestone. 16 Falls and Hobbit Hollow are shale stone vineyards, while the Argetsinger Vineyard is a gravelly soil on limestone bedrock. The 16 Falls vineyard has a lyre trellis system. In the Argetsinger vineyard, Cabernet Franc is grown on the more conventional Vertical Shoot Positioning." Tasting Notes "Deep ruby red color with ripe plum and red berry fruit, almost jammy, with spicy and earthy aromas. Full bodied style with very soft texture but good structure." Story "Ravines was created by Morten and Lisa Hallgren in 2000. Morten, a French-trained oenologist, came to the Finger Lakes from his familys centuries-old estate in the South of France. He and his wife and business partner, Lisa, convinced of the potential for fine winemaking in the Finger Lakes, opened their original tasting room on 17 acres of sloped, shale stone soils nestled between two deep ravines on Keuka Lake. They focus on making fine, classically-styled wines that allow for the cool-climate characteristics to be shown without compromise-creating their own unique expression within the Finger Lakes wine region.

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Ravines Wine Cellars:
Ravines Wine Cellars is a boutique winery on the hillside of glacier-carved Keuka Lake in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York. We produce fine, dry European-style wines: wines with character, balance and a sense of place.

Member Reviews for Ravines Cabernet Franc Finger Lakes

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Snooth User: gntop1
1327591,010
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 07/29/2011

Three glasses


3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 03/06/2009

Classic Cabernet Franc herbaceous aromas. Good, acidic red fruit flavors. Easy drinking.

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NY Wine Expo 2009

Snooth User: CageyT
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 04/10/2010

This is a great effort by a Finger Lakes winery- intense berry aroma, balanced-- nice finish.


Snooth User: aronowm2
333343,705
0.00 5
Vintage: 2006 09/25/2009

I am not going to rate this. I absolutely hated it, it tasted like a cheap, sour, thin california pinot, but my wife really liked it. Perhaps this simply doesn't agree with my palate. Unfortunately my wife had a cold so there are no tasting notes.


Snooth User: mjletts
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 06/27/2008

Four glasses


Snooth User: Cartesian
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5.00 5
Vintage: 2005 09/26/2007

Five glasses


External Reviews for Ravines Cabernet Franc Finger Lakes

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2010 05/20/2011

Ravines Wine Cellars Cabernet Franc Finger Lakes 750ML


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2010 10/24/2011

Ravines Cabernet Franc is deliscioously fruti-forward and spicy with perfect balance, soft tannin and a round mouthfeel. - Winery


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2007 05/19/2011

This fruit-forward red displays aromas of cherry, tomato and red berry, and on the palate, the wine is spicy and soft, with red berry and spice flavors dominating. A red with spirit and class. Pair with grilled duck breast.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2007 05/19/2011

A bright, high-toned style, with tobacco and red currant notes that mingle through the medium-weight finish. Good length. Drink now.



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Cabernet Franc is poised to become the flagship red variety of the Finger Lakes. It is particularly well suited to the growing conditions of the Finger Lakes, both in terms of temperature resistance and length of growing season. The vibrant fruit, lively acidity, and earthy and spicy notes are the characteristics of this grape variety; particularly in the Finger Lakes region. With good vineyard practices, a moderate crop load, and gentle winemaking practices, we can consistently make interesting, age-worthy wines with this grape variety." Vinification "The grapes for this wine were all hand-harvested and de-stemmed into open top fermenters. After starting as a whole berry fermentation, multiple daily punch-downs and pump-overs were conducted. The grapes were given more than three weeks of skin contact prior to pressing. At pressing, skins were hand bucketed out to leave behind most of the seeds and sediment and avoid sources of astringency. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrels for improved texture. Prior to bottling, the wine received a slight filtration." Vineyards "White Springs (38%), 16 Falls (38%), Hobbit Hollow (14%), Argetsinger (10%) The White Springs vineyard is Honeyoye loam over limestone. 16 Falls and Hobbit Hollow are shale stone vineyards, while the Argetsinger Vineyard is a gravelly soil on limestone bedrock. The 16 Falls vineyard has a lyre trellis system. In the Argetsinger vineyard, Cabernet Franc is grown on the more conventional Vertical Shoot Positioning." Tasting Notes "Deep ruby red color with ripe plum and red berry fruit, almost jammy, with spicy and earthy aromas. Full bodied style with very soft texture but good structure." Story "Ravines was created by Morten and Lisa Hallgren in 2000. Morten, a French-trained oenologist, came to the Finger Lakes from his familys centuries-old estate in the South of France. He and his wife and business partner, Lisa, convinced of the potential for fine winemaking in the Finger Lakes, opened their original tasting room on 17 acres of sloped, shale stone soils nestled between two deep ravines on Keuka Lake. They focus on making fine, classically-styled wines that allow for the cool-climate characteristics to be shown without compromise-creating their own unique expression within the Finger Lakes wine region.

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