We drank a Bottle of Louis Jadot Gevry Chambertain '08 last night--and then we followed up by two bottles of Finger Lakes Lamoreaux Landing Pinot (yes, yes we were with friends). Nice surprise--the Finger Lakes wine was delicious and though not exactly a GC, it didn't really lose a step to the Burgundy in terms of moving on from one bottle to the next without disappointment. We were all happily drinking and nodding and enjoying. The Lamoreaux has it;s own profile. It strikes the perfect balance between a Burgundian Pinot's soft yet inviting perfumed fruit and a Willamette's bright and cheery cherry bomb--and though it has a bright edge, it is not nearly as acidic the overly acidic Sonoma Pinots I have tasted recently. It tastes right. I tastes comfortable with itself. It tastes like NY.
Go Finger Lakes!
The serious wineries are getting it right! It's it time to appreciate the wineries that are not trying to be something they are not. There are many Finger lakes and Hudson Valley wines that are FINALLY understanding that you can be a perfect reflection of the region's terroir 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 wine drinkers 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, Riesling and Chardonnay.
Yes, there are some wineries doing "neat stuff" with other grapes, such as Millbrook's successful plantings of Tocai Friulano, Dr. Franks Rlasttelli and some tasty 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
Millbrook Reserve (Hudson Valley)