Wine Advocate 88 points - The 2010 Cabernet Franc was aged for 26 months in French oak (only 17% new). Sourced from 19- to 20-year-old vines, it comes in at 14.4% alcohol. This is a big mouthful, outdistancing many of the Cab Francs next to it in the flight. Showing both reasonable concentration and a fair bit of power, it controls the typical herbaceousness well and finishes nicely with a sweet edge (mostly oak-derived). If it seemed lush next to its competitors, note that it really isn’t all that soft. It is, in fact, a bit on the lean, intense and pointed side, a wine that is clearly a food wine. It has some sharp edges and some astringency. I liked its ideas and general style, though. Just have your expectations in order. There were 793 cases produced.
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A touch of oak on the nose, mingles with aromas of cherry, plum, and anise. Good acidity and firm tannins provide structure for a burst of cherry and spice on the palate, with a long elegant finish.
Macari Vineyards, located on the North Fork of Long Island in Mattituck, New York, is owned and operated by the Macari Family. The winery was founded by owners Joseph Macari Sr., his wife, Katherine, and Joseph Macari Jr., who is at the helm of the winery with his wife, Alexandra and their children. The Macari family has owned the 500-acre waterfront estate for over fifty years, though Macari Vineyards was not established until 1995. In June 2009, the Macari family opened a second tasting room located on the Main Road in the town of Cutchogue, adding twenty acres of vines to their vineyard.
The Macaris are careful environmental stewards of the land - what was once potato fields has been transformed to a 200 acre vinegarden with additional fields of compost and fallow farmland. Macari Vineyards is also a home to Texas longhorns, Spanish goats, Sicilian donkeys, horses, ducks and rabbits. Alongside acres of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viogner, Gruner Veltliner, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Pinot Gris, Pinot Meunier and Syrah, members of the Macari team frequently spot blue herons, red tail hawks, vultures, ospreys, eagles, red foxes and groundhogs. The biodiversity of the Macari family farm provides an extraordinary grape growing environment that yields some of the finest fruit on the East Coast.
Joseph Macari Jr. is considered to be a pioneer in the movement towards natural farming on Long Island through his adoption of biodynamic principals since the vineyard’s first plantings. Extensive soil preparation, a rich composting program, meticulous cover cropping and a passionate respect for wildlife creates a distinctive place for Macari’s 200 acres of vines to thrive.
The Macari family is proud to showcase a collection of world-class wines from the emerging North Fork region.