Sunday, August 02, 2009

Lou's Red Another Nice Red From Connecticut


Welcome to Rosedale Farms & Vineyards! Since 1920, Rosedale has been offering the Simsbury community and beyond the freshest, highest-quality produce and friendliest service! We are a 5th-generation family farm, so you know our fresh vegetables, fruits, wines and flowers are grown and nurtured with care and pride.

Rosedale Farms & Vineyards newest venture is a three-acre vineyard and wine bar offering tastings, private gatherings, wine discounts, and gifts. Their first vintage was in 2005, and since then Rosedale Vineyards has captured medals in several prestigious wine competitions.
Award

* 2009 Gold Medal and Best Connecticut Wine for Lou’s Red, Big E Northeast Gold Wine
Competition; Silver medal for Farmington River Red and Bronze for Serendipity
* 2007 Gold Medal for Farmington River Red, Big E New England Regional Wine Competition
* Silver Awards for Lou’s Red and for Serendipity, 2007 Tasters Guild International Wine Competition



Lou’s Red
Against a background of California Merlot grapes, Lou’s Red weaves in the brightness of Rosedale’s estate-grown St. Croix and the deep blackberry flavors of our Marechal Foch. The result is a delicate and complex fruit-forward wine with subdued tannins.375 ml: $9.99 ~ 750 ml: $17.99

As to who Lou is, well, no one seemed to know. However, one can surmise that it is named for Louis Epstein, of whom Marshall is a decendent.

Didn't matter. This is a blend of vinifera and hybrids.

Against a background of California Merlot grapes, Lou’s Red weaves in the brightness of Rosedale’s estate grown St. Croix and the deep blackberry flavors of our Marchal Foch. The result is a delicate and complex fruit forward wine with subdued tannins.

It's got the fruit and the acidity of the hybrids, and the classic structure of the vinifera. Something a little different. Dry. Tasty. Very, very interesting. A solid entry in the dry red category.



Had a short but great discussion with Marshall Epstein, pictured by me, and in a publicity still, who could not have been nicer or more helpful. He was eager to talk grapes, amidst the loud throngs. Obvious the is a smart farmer and vineyard manager even from a short conversation.

Nice oak. Very, very tasty. Very interesting and applaudable entry for dry reds. Here's hoping Marshall will follow up with another impressive red.