Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Damiani Shines at Watkins Glen

Damiani Wine Cellars is owned and run by two self-described Seneca Lake native sons, Phil Davis and Lou Damiani. The inspiration for these longtime friends to start their own winemaking business was a shared love of wine, and the belief that the terroir of the east side of Seneca Lake would produce wines of exceptional quality.

Lou and Phil set out to nurture the promise of the local terroir, incorporating the winery in 2004, and opening the winemaking facility in July 2005. They have grown from 1700 cases their first year to about 2,500 cases in the last two years. They continue to plant new vines every year, and opened a new tasting room on Route 414 in July 2006.

However, it was at the 2008 Finger Lakes WIne Festival that I first tried one of their wines. The one I liked best, among a number of nice wines, was the 2007 Sauvignon Blanc. Hints of melon and citrus came through on the nose as promised. I tasted and expereinced passionfruit and apricot on the tongue. Yet is was a nice, dry, long finnish. A very good light summer white. Perfect for food accompaniment. Excellent!