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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.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Benmarl 2010 Ridge Road Vineyrd Estate Cabernet Franc

The other night I was as pleased as I could be to be treated to a tasting of the 2010Benmarl Ridge Road Vineyard Estate Cabernet Franc 2010.

This is the first full fruiting of Benmarl's Ridge Road Vineyard. This wine was fermented in a single stainless steel tank. This wine is a significant departure of Benmarl. This Cabernet Franc comes from young vines, and was made and packaged to telegraph a more Burgundian approach. I think this works in more ways than one, and I am hopeful this is as significant a change as one can hope for.

The color is light and bright translucent and ruby red. The nose is quite distinctive, brimmming with bright cherry and raspberry, with hints of vanilla, cedar and other spices. As with all good Burgundian styled Cabernet Franc, this is a soft and approachable red was the big mouth full of fresh fruit and good, solid acids, slowly melts away with soft tannins for a smooth finish. The fresh cherry and vanilla linger. The flavors linger for a good long time.

A very nice wine!!! Congrats to Matt and everyone at Benmarl!


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