Posts Tagged ‘ finger lakes ’

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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Anthony Road Rules

8 May 2009
By Tom Mansell
Anthony Road Rules

Anthony Road Semi-Dry Riesling 2007 Appellation: Finger Lakes Variety: Riesling ABV: 12.3% RS: 1.9% Price Point $16 Notes: Nose: lime and pineapple on the nose, but the first thing I notice is our old friend petrol*, which in this case adds some nice complexity to an otherwise crisp and fruity nose. Palate: rich {mouthfeel}...
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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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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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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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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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Ignore TLC’s advice and DO go chasing this Waterfall

19 March 2009
By Tom Mansell
Ignore TLC’s advice and DO go chasing this Waterfall

Sheldrake Point Waterfall Chardonnay 2007 Varietal: Chardonnay ABV: 12.5% RS:Dry Price Point $12 Notes: Looks: Pretty pale yellow with hints of green Nose: A little bit of freshly lit match (sulfur dioxide, a topic for another time), metallic pineapple, green apple, and slight herbal component i can’t quite nail down Palate: lively acidity, good...
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Megapost: “Ices of March” vertical Finger Lakes ice wine tasting at Sheldrake Point

16 March 2009
By Tom Mansell
Megapost: “Ices of March” vertical Finger Lakes ice wine tasting at Sheldrake Point

I actually found out about Sheldrake Point’s “Ices of March” event from facebook, which is interesting from a marketing perspective.  Anyway, I thought this was a unique opportunity to taste several ice wines, a specialty of cooler climates like the Finger Lakes, and one benefit to our cold temperatures.  The {vertical tasting} ($20, including...
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