Cabernet Franc, one of the three pillars of the classic Bordeaux blend, has proven itself as a solid producer in the Finger Lakes wine region of New York. A lot of wineries prefer this as their staple red vinifera due to the vines shorter ripening period and cold tolerance. The key to making a fine Cab Franc starts in the vineyard. Pick too early and the wine will have an unsavory green bell pepper characteristic; pick to late and the fruit will be unsound leaving the winemaker rushing to stabilize the wine from spoilage.
Bully Hill makes a downright tasty Cab Franc with the grapes being sourced from Seneca Lake. The current 2013 vintage was fermented in Redwood open top fermenters for maximum tannin and color extraction. Once finished and pressed off, we fill up oak casks down in the cellar to bring this fine wine to fruition. We do small lot production of 500 cases a year and thanks to our happy herd of customers this wine sells out annually!
You notice the Owl on the label? This pen and ink was concocted by Walter S. himself, humorously illustrating his inability to use his last name during Bully Hill’s lawsuits with Coca-Cola. Walter S. Whoooooo, do you know Whooo? I know Whoooo! This wine truly is a hoot.