Thursday, June 25, 2009

El Paso WInery in the Hudson Valley

In 1998 Maryl Vogel and her husband purchased the El Paso winery that was founded 21 years before by Felipe Beltra, an "old-world" Spanish winemaker from Uruguay, SA. He purchased the land and the old barn of a 125 year old farmstead and planted his grapes. He then went about converting the barn into his "tasting room".

Today, she still blends his sweet wine recipes from long ago and has expanded their selection of fine New York wines to include wonderful dry reds -- Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Pinot Noir. And wonderful whites, like two Rieslings and Chardonnay.
The three I liked best were the Just Plain White, the Chianti, and the Dusty Barn.

The Just Plain White is a lovely Chenin Blanc blend. Dry, light, crisp. Very nice!

The Chianti was a lovely surprise. A medium-bodied red with ripe cherries, and a nice smooth finnish.

But my favorite was the Dusty Barn. A medium, ruby colored spicy red blend of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Very nice!

Maryl is such a nice lady. You have to find her tasting room in the Hudson Valley and you have to try her wines!