Tuesday, October 14, 2014

WineChat: Old York Cellars 2013 Vidal Blanc

Old York Cellars 2013 Vidal Blanc

This is Drink Local Wine Week, but last week I was treated to my first New Jersey wine, the 2013 Vidal Blanc from Old York Cellars. While not located in one of New Jersey's three viticultural areas, they are members of the Garden State Wine Growers and Vintage North Jersey. Old York Cellars boasts 25 beautiful acres of preserved farmland and 13 acres of rolling vineyards framing scenic views of the Sourland Mountain range. The vineyard was first planted in 1978 when the farm was known as Amwell Valley Vineyard, which operated as a winery from 1982 to 2005. Old York Cellars opened to the public in 2010. Nothing is wasted at the winery: skins, etc, are ground up and mixed with local manure and put back on the vineyards as compost. Vidal Blanc is a white hybrid grape variety produced from the Vitis vinifera variety Ugni blanc and another hybrid variety, Rayon d'Or and is one of approximately 15 grape varieties used to make wine at Old York Cellars.

Tasting Notes:

Very clear light yellow in color; subtle pear, white peach, and melon aromas; lemon, melon, and subtle apricot flavors; satiny mouthfeel into a tart citrus and acidic finish; 12.1% ABV ; synthetic cork closure; SRP $17.

I definitely preferred this as it warmed, the initial somewhat closed impression gave way to a softer, more expressive expression the closer it got to room temperature. Paired with a cauliflower crust sausage pizza, the wine's acidity was a nice foil for the varied tastes and textures of the pizza.

A truly surprising wine, one that changed my mind about what I expect from NJ wines in the future.

This wine was provided for tasting purposes - all opinions are my own.

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