With the evocative name of “Cabernet #1,” you’ll note this wine is very different from the equally provocatively named “Cabernet #2.” 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 #1 is the more delicate, brighter version of Long Island Cabernet. The fruit profile is complex and exotic, going from the more traditional dark, plummy, blackberry notes of Cabernet, to more perfumed, brighter aromas like raspberry and strawberry. The tannins here are fine, a bit rustic, but they give the wine some grip and refreshing traction.
You’ll have to guess if this is more Erik’s wine or more Benford’s wine.