Pugliese Vineyards in Cutchogue, is one of Long Island’s oldest vineyards. It is family owned and operated. It was established in 1980. Known by many for making some wonderful Sparkling Wine and their hand painted bottles. I have to admit I have not been to the tasting room in years, but their Blanc de Blanc is always a favorite.
I picked up this, Pugliese Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Franc ($15) at a wine shop not to far from work. The wine shop had alot of releases from Pugliese Vineyards. But this caught my eye. First it was Cabernet Franc and secondly it was from the great 2007 vintage.
On the nose I was picking up loads of cherry and dried cranberry. There was a dried herbal note like dried basil. It was woody and smoky with some peppery spice.
The taste brought more cherry flavors with some tobacco and earth. There was also some cedar notes that seemed to take control of the wine. The tannins were strong and chalky and had a moderate earthy finish.