Saturday, November 20, 2010

NY Wines on the Horizon

We drank all of the Finger Lakes Lamoreaux Landing Pinot last night at the bar with friends, don't want to "Bait and Switch"! There will be more in by Wednesday!

This wine is delicious! It has the prefect balance between a Burgundian Pinot's soft yet inviting perfumed fruit and a Willamette's bright and cheery cherry bomb--and though it has bright edge, it is not nearly as acidic the much bracing acidity makes for an almost unripe, rhubarby attack.
Go Finger Lakes!
The serious wineries are getting it right! It's it time to appreciate the wineries that
re not trying to be something they are not. There are many Fingerlakes and Hudson Valley wines that are FINALLY understanding that you can be a perfect reflection of the region's terrior and make delicious wine.
Fading away are the days of blending and concocting hybrids to release a "merlot that tastes like a California merlot".
NY Wines have a style all their own, and like a commune in France or a DOC in Italy we should promote our differences from the rest of the wine world.
It will take wineries that are proud of the flavors we can achieve here and that accentuate them, to get winedrinkers worldwide to consider us a viable option to the other styles available.
We are about 4 grapes really. They work. There are other tasty options but stick to the 4.
Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Rielsing and Chardonnay.
Yes, there are some wineries doing "neat stuff" with other grapes, such as Millbrook's successful plantings of Tocai Friulano and Dr. Frank's Rkasiteli. You can also find some wineries bottling tasty wine from hybrids like Vidal Blanc and Gamay Noir.
But being specific is where the NY Wines will succeed.
Stick to the big 4.
Establish an identity.
Stop messing around with what could grow and focus n what should grow.

Recommened Finger Lakes wines
Pinot Noirs:
Lamoreaux Landing
Dr. Frank
Cabernet Franc:
Millbrook Reserve (Hudson Valley)
Fox Run
Swedish Hills
Hermann Weimar
Dr. Frank
Fox Run
Finger Lakes Chardonnay:
Fox Run Reserve
Standing Stone
Lamoreaux Landing

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