Wine

Megapost: Anthony Road Open Cellar Tasting

1 June 2009
By Tom Mansell
Megapost: Anthony Road Open Cellar Tasting

Two weeks ago I went on a wine tour of Cayuga Lake (west side) organized by the Cornell Glee Club and Chorus. It was intended to be a social trip, and even though I brought my trusty notebook, I considered myself off the clock. We even had freshmen to drive us around! However, right...
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Great estate

19 May 2009
By Tom Mansell
Great estate

Lamoreaux Landing Estate White (N/V) 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)...
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Monday matchup: Finger Lakes vs. Rheingau

13 May 2009
By Tom Mansell
Monday matchup: Finger Lakes vs. Rheingau

Yep, it’s still riesling month. I decided to put some FL riesling up against another famous riesling producer, Germany. This test was done blind, with identical ISO 9000 wine glasses. Both bottles were opened at the same time and not decanted. Wine was poured into the glasses from the bottle before the test began...
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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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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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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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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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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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Palate-friendly hybrid

23 March 2009
By Tom Mansell
Palate-friendly hybrid

Six Mile Creek Vignoles 2007 Varietal: Vignoles (also known as Ravat 51) ABV: designated as “table wine” so between 7-14% Price Point $9.75 Notes: Looks: Mild yellow, kind of like a light vegetable oil Nose: Right away there’s pear and creamy component kind of like baby food (like mashed bananas or something). Perfumey floral...
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