Tousey Cabernet Franc
Tousey is one of the newer wineries on the scene, but winemaker Bruce Tripp has been a popular and ubiquitous figure in the Hudson Valley winemaking scene for many years. I recently stopped in his place and took a few sips.
One of the ones I really liked was their Cabernet Franc(non-vintage). It had a beautiful bright raspberry, bright cherry nose with a whiff of vanilla and spice.
Bruce was holding down the tasting room bar last Saturday when I happened to walk in. Bruce loves grapes. One gets he sense that he almost likes growing as much as he likes making wine. But don;t be fooled, Bruce loves wine. He can talk all day about grapes and wine...and he and I have, over many glasses. He is affable and gregarious and a lot of fun.
Bruce's wines are already a hit. His Tousey Creme de Cassis is one of the most well known cult wines in the valley. His cassis is different from most because it's sweetened with honey, from Ray Tousey's beehives.Anyway, a smal trip, and quick sip, and another stop on my "Honey Do" list to go, and then to the back porch with a bottle of Tousey Cabernet Franc.