May is Finger Lakes Wine Month and celebrations are taking place literally all over. We participated in a virtual tasting last night to take part. Most people know the Finger Lakes for their white wines (and we love them!), but there are winemakers that have gone the red wine route as well. Last night we tried Lembergers (and one blended with Cab Franc), Pinot Noirs, and a big red made from Saperavi and Sereksiya Charni grapes. Below are my tasting notes (search #FLXWineVT on Twitter for the thread from all participants).
Fox Run Vineyards 2010 Lemberger - Light ruby in color, red berries on nose, red cherry on palate, nice acidity, medium short finish.
Goose Watch Wines 2010 Lemberger - Ruby red, lots of black pepper on nose, green pepper palate with red berry, more abrupt finish.
Rooster Hill 2011 Cab Franc/Lemberger - Dark berries on the nose, black pepper and smoke, tannic, medium finish.
Wagner Vineyards 2010 Reserve Pinot Noir - Very light ruby red, light floral nose, tart red berry taste, smooth finish.
Heron Hill Winery '09 Ingle Vineyard Pinot Poir - Smoky pepper aromas, tart berries and dark plum leading into subtle caramel finish.
MacGregor Vineyard 2008 Black Russian Red (Saperavi/Sereksiya Charni) - Nice dark red color, acidic smoky plum palate, short finish.
It's always so fun to taste wines from different regions and, while we would have been happy trying more whites or sparklers, it's also educational to try something new. These red wines from the Finger Lakes not only showed us a different side of the region taste-wise, but it also informs us of what might be possible here in the Midwest.
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