Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Neponset Winery in Needham, Massachusetts

One of the great things about Wineries Unlimited was discovering many new wineries and winemakers. This was one of my favorites. John Comando, owner & winemaker was both enthusiastic as well as proud, which he should be. I tried three of his wines and was most impressed. I've included the winery's tasting notes, with my own in caps. These thee are wines worth trying.

Wrote John on his website, "A good friend introduced me to winemaking more than 30 years ago. It all started with a trip to a pick-your-own berry farm. Those fresh picked currants made a pretty good wine. While I've tried my hand at making a lot of different types of wine over the years, grapes are my fruit of choice." They purchase juice from top growers in Massachusetts and California and ferment it cold to produce distinctive, fruity wines.

They're conveniently located in the suburban town of Needham, Massachusetts, off Exit 19B, I-95/Rt. 128, just 3 miles south of the Mass Pike. Their wines are available for sale at the winery and a select group of wine shops in the Boston area.

Their Wines

2006 Unoaked Chardonnay: made from Massachusetts-grown grapes, fermented in stainless steel. This wine has great tropical fruit and green apple flavors with a lingering finish, and expresses all that a Massachusetts Chardonnay can be. Sold Out

2006 Halloween Harvest Chardonnay: an unusual award-winning wine made from Massachusetts Chardonnay grapes picked on Halloween with a touch of the "Noble Rot." It's a chardonnay that doesn't taste like one. Flavors of Peaches, Kiwi and Honey, with a long finish. LIGHT. SMOOTH. A TOUCH OF PEACH. NICE FINNISH. VERY NICE

Pinot Gris (2006): made in the Oregon style with grapes from the Suisun Valley in Northern California. Bursting with flavors of melon and honey, this is a rich, medium bodied wine with lots of fruit and a long finish. NICE. LIGHT. LEMONY. CLEAN. GREAT FINNISH.

A really fun new discovery...especially in Massachusetts.