Saturday, March 03, 2018

Bordeleau Vineyards Reserve Chardonnay Lot Number Two 2015 Beautiful! (MD)

So, I was at Eastern Wineries Expo 2017 when I tasted this incredible chardonnay. I'm not always a huge chardonnay guy, so for me, when I tasted this, I was impressed.

But let's talk about Bordeleau Vineyards for a second. Tom Shelton, owner and winemaker, is involved in creating and perfecting every wine. Tom started making fruit wines while still in his teens.  After purchasing a farm in Allen, Maryland in 1998, he planted his first grape vines in 1999.  Early plantings were Chardonnay, Vidal Blanc and Chambourcin, and he continued planting additional grape vines each year through 2003. Other varieties planted were Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Sauvignon Blanc.

After considerable deliberation he decided to seek his commercial license in the summer of 2006.  With the renewed commitment, eight and one half acres of plantings were added from 2007 to 2011, including new varieties such as Malbec, Petite Verdot, Pinot Grigio, Viognier, and Muscat.

Bordeleau had been producing great quality estate wines since then. This Bordeleau Vineyards Reserve Chardonnay Lot Number 2 2015 was a lovely, lovely chardonnay. This chardonnay was barrel fermented and made in the Sur Lie method (the idea being that this extends the lies contact with the wine that contributes complexity to the wine). The result is great complexity and balance, and a big mouthfeel and great depth. There are green and red apples, ripe pears, and wonderful cirtus flavors as well on the nose and palate. It finishes with vanilla and spice. An impressive, impressive wine.

Really well done. Congrats, Tom!!!!!

Friday, March 02, 2018

Greenvale Cabernet Franc 2012 - Damn That's Good! (RI)

I don't wan to admit how many years I've been driving to Portsmouth, RI to taste Greenvale Vineyards wines. Suffice to say,I may be vain, or embarrassed. Regardless, they've been an east coast engine of quality wine and consistency! Among my favorites is their Cabernet Franc.

Alas, I have not been in a while, but last year I got lucky. I tasted a bottle of it at the Eastern Wineries Exposition 2017 at the awards dinner. And then someone was fabulous enough to bring a bottle to the blogger's station. Two folks in particular need to be praised - Hever Ortega, the vineyard manager, and Richard Carmichael, the long time winemaker. The Greenvale Cabernet Franc 2012 was exquisite.This is a medium bodied blend of 75% Cabernet Franc and 25% Merlot aged in oak. They usually make between 175-200 cases a year, give or take. Lovely notes of cherry, raspberry and plum linger on the palate and the nose. The wine is incredibly well-balanced, and show some very nice complexity. A lovely, lovely bottle of red wine.

Greenvale does it again!!! Damn that's good wine!

Jonathan Edwards Cabernet Franc 2015 - Excellent! (CT)

I have written about Jonathan Edwards many times. Continues to be a favorite east coast producer of mine. Located in North Stonnington, Edwards makes wines on both coasts, but I only concern myself with his Connecticut estate wines (his others are lovely, but not for this bog).

I have visited the beautiful winery many times, but this bottle I am speaking of was tasted at the Eastern Wineries Exposition 2017. I had it twice. I had it at the awards dinner that night. Their Cabernet Franc is is an estate grown red, which is most, most impressive, and has been consistent for years.

This Jonathan Edwards Cabernet Franc 2015 was a medium bodied red, made from estate fruit. The wine is approximately 25% aged in new French oak. And then blended with the rest which has been in stainless steel (or older/nuertal French oak) ? Not sure. The resulting wine is immensely pleasurable. The nice, medium bodied, dry red with hints of cherry, cranberry, cassis, and and ends with a lovely, peppery finish. Mouthwatering-ly delicious!