The 2019 Bordo Antico by Anthony Nappa Wines is a stunning example of Long Island cabernet Franc. This varietal has taken on perhaps one of its most terroir driven flavor palates. The nose has rich notes of earth and tobacco. The flavor is extremely fresh and also extremely dry with clean, fresh, cherry notes. The tannins are firm, the wine is structured, and exceptionally elegant. There is a persistent, dry, cherry finish.
While still being a true cabernet Franc, according to their website, the wine was named Bordo, after the traditional Italian name for cabernet Franc, and produced in a rustic Italian style, fermented wild and without additives. Perhaps that Italian style of fermentation accounts for its Chianti like property of being so exceptionally easy to pair with foods. It complements pasta with red sauce, barbeque foods, and even more delicate steaks. It also pairs well with hearty fish in red sauce like Baccala and even more delicate calamari in red sauce.
While described on the website for Anthony Nappa Wines as full bodied, this wine’s exuberant fresh finish keeps it from being heavy and really keeps it relevant for almost any food those wine drinkers that “only drink red” might want to enjoy it with.
If the name Anthony Nappa Wines sounds familiar, it should. Anthony Nappa has been a staple in the East End’s winemaking community since 2007. While establishing his own wine brand, Anthony Nappa Wines, with the production of 200 cases of Long Island Pinot Noir, he was also head winemaker for Shinn Estate Vineyards from 2007 to the 2010 vintage. Starting in the 2013 vintage he joined Raphael Vineyards as head winemaker.
Looking to impress the foodies at your table? Open the 2019 Bordo Antico. Retailing at $27.50 per bottle it will make nearly anything you’re serving sing.
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