Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Finger Lakes Sparkling and Ice Wines

Last week, Laima and I were the happy recipients of 7 Finger Lakes sparkling and ice wines, and participated in a virtual tasting. Though we’ve gotten to try Finger Lakes region wines before, these were our first sparklers and icewines. The flavors and aromas were all over the place and, as we’re noticing about this region’s wines, every wine was wonderfully made, plenty of options to suit any palate. Here are my tasting notes from that night:

Finger Lakes Sparkling and Ice Wines
Sparkling Wines:

@atwaterwine first up - delicate bubbles, green apples on the nose, citrus, yeast on palate. Nice long finish

Blanc de Noir from McGregor Vineyard - really small bubbles, lots of yeast flavor, not much on the nose

@SwedishHillWine #Riesling Cuvee - floral aroma, slightly sweet, appley-flavor, good acidity small bubbles, medium finish


@casalargawinery Vidal Blanc #icewine - much darker than expected, stone fruit + honey on the nose + palate, sweet but balanced,

@LucasWinetalk Vidal Blanc #icewine, golden color, stone fruit + honey on the nose tropical fruit flavor w/honey luscious mouthfeel + finish

@knappwinery Vidal #icewine - straw yellow, butterscotch nose, nice acidity, well balanced, sweetness ratcheted up, long finish

@ssvny #gewurtztraminer #icewine - golden color, honeyed apricots on nose and palate, luxurious finish
Definitely can’t go wrong with any of these wines. We finished them off over the course of the week, sparklers first and then icewines, and none of them was harmed by spending some time in the fridge. You can read all the participants’ tweets by searching #FLXWineVT on Twitter.

Disclaimer: This wine was sent to me for review purposes, courtesy of the participating Finger Lakes wineries. I was not compensated in any other way for the review, was not obligated to give the wine a positive review, and all opinions are my own. Some information in this review was taken from the company website.

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