Hey friends! Tonight is another #OpenLocalWine night on the social medias. So pick out something from a winery near you, enjoy it, and tell everyone on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter all about it. Luckily, I'm spoilt for choice for tasty options just in my very own state.
I decided to go with someone other than my good pals at William Heritage or the others in the Winemakers Coop to change things up a bit. Mount Salem Vineyards is in Pittstown, NJ, not too far from Beneduce Vineyards. I visited there a little over two years ago now (what?!?) with Constant Reader V. I chose their 2012 cabernet franc, one of the red grapes that really thrives in our Garden State.
The color is mostly garnet, but getting a little brickiness and showing its age. On the nose it's a tiny bit muted, with just a tiny bit of that classic green pepper cab franc nose. It's got great black cherry and plum on the palate. I got all the flavor sort of at the top of my mouth (if that makes any sense; hit me up if you want to ask me more about that), and didn't have a lot of depth, but that could be because of the age too. The acidity was good, and the tannins left a light reminder around the inside of my cheeks. I did enjoy the wine very much, but I do think it's heading out of its prime drinking window.
It went very nicely with my meal of cheese, olives, tomatoes, nuts and sausage. Which, if you haven't done for dinner yet while you're staying at home, I highly recommend. Makes you feel all fancy and bistro-y and takes about two minutes to do. Also it's a good chance to support your local cheese and charcuterie makers! You say you don't have any? I bet that's not entirely true. You have nothing else better to do. Take to the Internet and see what's available.
Have a great #OpenLocalWine night, and have a very nice Memorial Day or Spring Bank Holiday weekend. Or both. We can do both! We're all at home anyway. Let's do both. If you post your local wine online tonight, please tag me too so I can see what you're drinking!