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Carlo DeVito is a long time wine lover, and author of books and magazine articles. He is the author of Wineries of the East Coast. He has traveled to wine regions in California, Canada, up and down the east coast, France, Spain and Chile. He has been a published executive for more than 20 years. He shepherded the wine book program of Wine Spectator as well as worked with Kevin Zraly, Oz Clarke, Matt Kramer, Tom Stevenson, Evan Dawson, Greg Moore, Howard Goldberg, and many other wine writers. He has also published Salvatore Calabrese, Jim Meehan, Clay Risen, and Paul Knorr. Mr. DeVito is the inventor of the mini-kit which has sold more than 100,000,000 copies world wide. He has also publisher such writers as Stephen Hawking, E. O Wilson, Philip Caputo, Gilbert King, James McPherson, John and Mary Gribbin, Thomas Hoving, David Margolick, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., John Edgar Wideman, Stanley Crouch, Dan Rather, Dee Brown, Susie Bright, and Eleanor Clift. He is also the owner of Hudson-Chatham Winery, co-founder of the Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail, and president of the Hudson Valley Wine Country.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Palaia Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2006

Last night I was at a tasting and the opportunity to try a number of wines. The lighting had some mood to it, so some of my pictures didn't come out as well as I wanted. I'm no Ansel Adams. And I can't stand to lug around my 35 mm digital camera. Ugh!
One of the wines I really liked was this Palaia Cabernet Franc 2006. It's an estate grown Cab Franc. And it's kinda different, which is why I think I liked it so much.
Jan Palaia was there. She's always so nice and accomodating.
It was a very light Cabernet Franc. Possibly one of the lightest Cabernet Francs I've ever had. But the nose was cherries, and vanilla and a whiff of smoke. Nice earthy nose. And the taste was fabulous. Almost like Pinot, with a bright cherry coming through, and a peppery ending.
A very Burgundy slant on Cab Franc. Very nice!


Blogger Tom Betz said...

We just finished a bottle of the 2007, and while smoke is not so evident in the nose in this vintage, there is a distinct flavor of bacon on the palate, including the pork! At the very least, this is a very entertaining wine. It's probably worth the drive from Tarrytown to pick up some more in a couple of weeks.

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