Finger Lakes Wine of the Week:
Fox Run Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Franc-Lemberger
By Nicholas Baldwin
Scott and Ruth Osborn, proprietors of Fox Run Vineyards, are veterans in the growing family of Finger Lakes pioneers. Fox Run is known for their wide variety of Rieslings, even producing the Tierce Riesling in collaboration with Anthony Road Wine Company and Red Newt Cellars, which has been served at a presidential inauguration dinner. As good as they are with Riesling, the Fox Run Cabernet Franc-Lemberger red blend is always a top pick.
The 2013 Fox Run Cabernet Franc-Lemberger has become the region’s signature red blend highlighting the two reds that grow best here. This is a medium-bodied, bone dry wine with soft acidity. It has aromas of black pepper, licorice, currants, blackberries and plums, with a little smokiness on the finish. The silky tannins are enticing and give it a strong backbone.
This Fox Run blend can hold up well when paired with beef, pork, and chicken stewed or charred on the grill. It also makes a great pairing for stronger aged cheeses such as cheddar or gouda. It sells for $20 and it is $20 well spent. You won’t find a better representation of what the Finger Lakes has to offer for red wines.
Nicholas Baldwin has worked in the wine and spirits business for more than 12 years and traveled the world visiting vineyards. He holds numerous wine certifications.
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