Tasting Notes

A nose to remember, a palate to forget

1 May 2009
By Tom Mansell
A nose to remember, a palate to forget

Long Point Cabernet Franc 2007 Appellation: New York Variety: 100% Cabernet Franc ABV: 12.9% RS: dry Price Point: $15 Notes: Looks: very dark, with magenta around the edges Nose: Smells great. Fruity. Dark fruity, actually. With blackberry and blueberry. Vanilla, cedar Alcohol features prominently on the nose as well. Palate: Lot of acidity on...
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The Arist-rkats!

24 April 2009
By Tom Mansell
The Arist-rkats!

Dr. Konstantin Frank Rkatsiteli 2006 Appellation:Finger Lakes Variety: Rkatsiteli ABV: 11.4% RS: 0.75% (the website says 0.75 g/L, (0.075%) but that is bone-dry. probably a typo.) Price Point: $18 Notes: Looks: Lemon yellow with a tinge of green Nose: The floral notes remind me of both riesling and gewürztraminer. The biggest fruit in this...
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Contains sulfites

21 April 2009
By Tom Mansell
Contains sulfites

Boordy Vineyards Icons of Maryland Riesling Appellation: “American”, grapes are sourced from WA state. Variety: Riesling ABV: 11% RS: 3% Price Point $12 Notes: Looks: Pale yellow, a bit darker than a typical riesling from NY would be. Nose: On the nose it is definitely not a NYS riesling. Very floral, perfumey. A bit...
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Megapost: Wine Blogging Wednesday #56: "Fine" Kosher Wines

15 April 2009
By Tom Mansell
Megapost: Wine Blogging Wednesday #56:  "Fine" Kosher Wines

I am new to the internet wine community, but if you start searching out wine blogs, something that comes up consistently is “Wine Blogging Wednesday.” The phenomenon was dreamed up by the king of New York State wine bloggers, Lenn Thompson of LENNDEVOURS and the monthly endeavor is now managed by Lenn and many...
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Lemberger time

14 April 2009
By Tom Mansell
Lemberger time

Damiani Wine Cellars Lemberger 2006 Appelation: Finger Lakes Varietal: Lemberger aka Blaufränkisch ABV: 12% Price Point: $16 Notes: Looks:  garnet in the glass Nose: not too intense on the nose, light earthy, cranberry, slight bit of oak Palate:  Decent {astringency} on the palate, but a little high in acidity. Sour cherry shows up, in...
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Give me some skin

9 April 2009
By Tom Mansell
Give me some skin

Channing Daughters Meditazione 2006 Appellation: Long Island Varieties: Tocai Friulano 36%, Pinot Grigio 25%, Sauvignon Blanc 17%, Chardonnay 10.3%, Muscat Ottonel 9.5%, Viognier 1.2%, Malvasia Bianca 1%. Yeah, a bunch of grapes, so to speak. ABV: 13% Price Point: $40 Notes: Looks: Bold, deep golden color with a tinge of orange, somewhat like Sauternes....
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Frankly, my dear, I give it a “damn good”

6 April 2009
By Tom Mansell
Frankly, my dear, I give it a “damn good”

Chateau Frank Blanc de Noirs 2002 Appelation: Finger Lakes Champagne (now, before you get all grumpy, let me assure you that this sparkling wine is legally allowed to be called “champagne” in the U.S., see this article for more details.) Varietal: Pinot Noir 95% Pinot Meunier 5% ABV: 11.1% (marked 12% on the bottle,...
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Smoke on the wine

2 April 2009
By Tom Mansell
Smoke on the wine

Americana Vineyards Cabernet Franc (N/V) Grape:Cabernet Franc, Baco Noir?? ABV: not labeled, (“table wine”) is it that hard to get your alcohol measured?! Price Point: $18 Notes: Looks: reddish-violet, pretty intense Nose: Smoky*, vanilla oak on the nose. Toasty, chocolatey, I am smelling a lot of oak and not much wine. Kind of smells...
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Monday matchup: Bold statements

30 March 2009
By Tom Mansell
Monday matchup:  Bold statements

I follow a lot of wine people on Twitter. This post is a response to a tweet from the winemaker at Silver Springs Winery on Seneca Lake. In addition to an eponymous label, Silver Springs also makes Don Giovanni wines, their premium label. The tweet in question was as such: DonGiovanniWine: my 2005 Bold...
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Cab Suave

26 March 2009
By Tom Mansell
Cab Suave

Sheldrake Point Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 (PRE-RELEASE!) Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon 96% Cabernet Franc 4% ABV: 12.5% RS: 0.3% (Dry) Price Point $N/A (yet!) will update on release. Notes: Looks: Great color. Deep red hinting towards purple. Nose: Ripe blackberry & raspberry with a bit of an herbal note (mint-ish), and how about this one? pretzels!...
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