In many ways, this is winemaker Brian Schmidt’s defining wine each vintage. I have written many times that it is the measure of the vintage at Vineland Estates, the one wine you can judge a portfolio by, or at least get a feel for all the wines that come before and after it. This is the entry-level Cab Franc at Vineland, but gets the full attention of Schmidt, the one he frets over and the one he pours no matter who you are when you taste with him. It is always a reflection of the vintage, as very little is done to trick it up. Here we have a leaner style than the 2016 vintage, with a nose of expressive cherry, raspberry, garden herbs, light spice and bramble notes. The juicy red fruits melt into the herbs on the palate with soft tannins and high-toned acidity to keep it lively through the finish. Just a nice glass of everyday red wine at a great price. 88 (Rick VanSickle)