Tasting Notes

Gewürztraminer? I barely know her!

12 February 2010
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Gewürztraminer?  I barely know her!

Sheldrake Point Gewürztraminer 2008 Appellation: Finger Lakes Grape: Gewürztraminer ABV:13.6% RS: 0.5% Price Point: $18 Closure: Natural cork Technical Notes: Tons of info, courtesy of the website. Bravo to Sheldrake for transparency and geek info! TA: 6.3 g/L, pH: 3.53. Hand harvested at 23.2 Brix, 6.7 g/L Ta, 3.7 pH. “The fruit was destemmed,...
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Alphalpha dog

4 February 2010
By Tom Mansell
Alphalpha dog

Note: This is the inaugural article from our beer writer, Richard Pliny! Ithaca Beer Company Excelsior! Alphalpha Style: Double Honey Bitter Color: Amber ABV: 8.5% Price Point: $11 Technical Notes: Brewed with local alfalfa honey and Cascade hops. Like the other Excelsior! Beers, this is bottle conditioned and the last pour includes a bit...
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Ice, Ice, Baby, Two Cold: A pair of Sheldrake Point ice wines

29 January 2010
By Tom Mansell
Ice, Ice, Baby, Two Cold: A pair of Sheldrake Point ice wines

Recently, I had a chance to “help” with (more like “observe”) the Sheldrake Point ice wine harvest. I picked a few grapes then helped get them into the press for a two-part feature I would write for the New York Cork Report. I was given some sample bottles to aid in my efforts, which...
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Ithacork will rise again!

30 November 2009
By Tom Mansell

Hey gang, I’ve been hiatus for a couple weeks now, and it’s high time I explained myself. I am in the process of converting this ithacork.wordpress.com site into a new-and-improved ithacork.com. Over the holiday season I will be setting up the new WP.org site (which provides SO much more freedom as far as templates/plugins,...
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The soul of Witte

4 November 2009
By Tom Mansell
The soul of Witte

Brewery Ommegang Witte Style: Belgian-style Wheat Ale with Traditional Spices Color (light, amber, or dark): Light ABV: 5.1% Price Point: $7.50/750 mL bottle Closure: Cork with cage. The yeast sediment in the bottom is a clue that this bottle’s carbonation comes from a fermentation in the bottle, thus the need for the extra pressure...
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Hybrid genetics

1 November 2009
By Tom Mansell
Hybrid genetics

An article I wrote for the New York Cork Report is generating some interesting debate. Seems like there are strong opinions on both sides about hybrids. Essentially, the location of a gene contributing to color synthesis in hybrid grapes is located near the gene responsible for the “foxy” (Welch’s grape juice) aroma of labrusca-derived...
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Far above Cayuga wine

29 October 2009
By Tom Mansell
Far above Cayuga wine

Lucas Vineyards Cayuga White 2008 Appellation: Finger Lakes Grape: Cayuga White ABV: 11% RS: 2.4% (wow, it’s been a while since I reviewed a non-dry wine, eh?) Price Point: $9 Closure: Extruded synthetic (boo! If you’re going synthetic, then I much prefer molded to extruded, aesthetically speaking) Technical Notes: Machine-harvested, crushed and destemmed. 19...
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The opposite of Sagan

27 October 2009
By Tom Mansell

This woman is an optometrist. Assumedly, this woman has been through 13 years of education up to high school and 4 years of college, including a year each of chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, higher math, and physics. This woman has been to optometry school for 4 years and certified to practice optometry. Assumedly, patients...
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A still more glorious dawn awaits.

24 October 2009
By Tom Mansell

Wow, is it Friday already? Here is some inspiration for your weekend, courtesy of Carl Sagan, with some special guests. look out for some Cayuga White coming this way sometime soon.
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Vincent in Brix town

21 October 2009
By Tom Mansell
Vincent in Brix town

Fulkerson Winery Vincent 2007 Appellation: Finger Lakes Grape: Vincent ABV: 12% Price Point: $10 Closure: Molded synthetic Technical Notes: Eight months in older French oak and American oak, one of 3 varietal Vincents in the U.S. Hedonic Notes: This wine is seriously purple, anthocyanin city. Gingerbread, with a huge smoky clove component on the...
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