Great estate

19 May 2009
By Tom Mansell

Lamoreaux Landing Estate White (N/V)

Forgot to take a picture of the bottle, so here is a small one.

Forgot to take a picture of the bottle, so here is a small one.

Appellation: Finger Lakes
Varieties: 55% Riesling 45% gewürztraminer
ABV: 12.8%
RS: 1.75%
Price Point: $10
Notes:
Looks: Lemony-green
Nose: Intense nose of flowers, peach, and lychee (What’s a lychee, anyway? I can only find them in cans, but they’re pretty good! Check the Asian section of the local market)
Palate: Pear coming through on the palate, and some passion fruit*. Good amount of sweetness and balanced acidity. A tad short on the finish, but all in all a nice wine. For under $10, I’d definitely get it again.
Rating: corkcorkcorkhalfcork for outstanding {QPR}.

Winemaker Paul Brock is new at Lamoreaux Landing, and I understand that this is one of his first wines there. He’s also trained as a chemical engineer, so he’s got that going for him. Many estate whites in the Finger Lakes are made with Cayuga White, or other hybrids or native grapes. While there’s nothing necessarily wrong with these, it’s refreshing to see an estate white made with the aromatic white varieties that the Finger Lakes is known for. So far, it seems he’s doing a great job out at Lamoreaux. See where a little science can get you?


*Science!

In the last science section, we talked about volatile thiols and how enzymes in saliva can free them up. One example of a volatile thiol is 3-mercaptohexanol. It smells like passion fruit, and can be quite nice. At high concentrations, though, it starts to smell a little bit sweaty. When I first smelled a sample that had been spiked with this chemical, I though I had forgotten to put on deodorant. Nope, it was the wine. At least that time it was…

3-mercaptohexanol. Fruity and sweaty.  Kind of like Richard Simmons.

3-mercaptohexanol. Fruity and sweaty. Kind of like Richard Simmons.

This is a good example of something that can be pleasurable at low concentrations, but when the concentration gets too high can be considered a fault. Some people feel this way about the characteristic aromas of {brettanomyces}. But that’s a story for another post.

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3 Responses to Great estate

  1. Lenn Thompson on 20 May 2009 at 11:16 am

    I have a picture at home I can send you tonight if you want it bro.

    I like the flavors on this one a lot (especially for the price) but I want a little less RS there. Sure, it’s balanced and not flabby, but it’s a little weighty for me with that RS.

    I already told Josh that we’ll have to tied Paul up for an extra day or two while this is fermenting so we get down to 1% or so ;)

  2. Josh Wig on 20 May 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Paul is the best thing to happen to Lamoreaux Landing in a long time! Thanks for giving our Estate White a chance, and please let me know the next time your out our way. We are just a bunch of engineers-turned-wine-geeks (ETWG). We’d love to get you over for a tasting.

    To please Lenny, we just bottled a 2008 varietal “semi-dry” Gewurz at 1.5% RS.

  3. Vinogirl on 20 May 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Growing up with french wines, I appreciate a bit of barnyard, but I’m with you…a little goes a long way. I’m looking forward to youe ‘science’ take on brett.

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