With the evocative name of “Cabernet #2,” you’ll note this wine is very different from the equally provocatively named “Cabernet #1.” Both were sourced from a small, secret, backyard vineyard on the North Fork of Long Island with vines just past their 20 year birthday (one more year and the wines can drink themselves). Like all of the Floral Terranes wines, the grapes were crushed by foot. Cabernet #1 saw two weeks of whole-cluster maceration and fermentation in open top neutral oak, aging in neutral tank. The reverse was true for Cabernet #2, which also saw a bit more extraction, a bit more pushing and stomping and squeezing.
Thus, Cabernet #2 is the richer wine, with a fruit profile that is more dark and sappy. I can’t quite explain it, but while the wine feels more full, denser, more lavish, more velvety, it doesn’t feel weightier. This is not, by any means, a “big wine.” The tannins here are present, but they are more polished, rounder, giving the wine a bit more elegance and swagger.
You’ll have to guess if this is more Erik’s wine or more Benford’s wine.
- Vom Boden