Wednesday, September 02, 2009

RED TAIL RIDGE LEMBERGER



I am not a personal fan of Lemberger. But it is being grown more and more, and so should be given serious consideration. I understand why growers and winemakers are playing with it – it’s wine is dark, it’s flavorful, and the plants are relatively disease resistant, and are cold/winter hardy. It’s yearly life cycle fits in well with northern climate growing.

But I have tasted a lot of bad Lembergers, as vineyard managers and winemakers struggle to find their way with this grape.

Enter Red Tail Ridge. The winemakers and the vineyards people have put forward a good showing here.

The tasting notes read as follows:
2007 Lemberger, Martini Family Vineyard
Loads of spicy black pepper and red cherry flavors and aromas. Little notes of brown spice, rosemary and oregano mid-palate, complimented by a lingering vanilla-laced finish. *Fruit sourced from Martini Family Vineyard, Seneca Lake
Cases Produced: (Limited Release) , 111 Cases

My thoughts: It’s tart like a deep cherry/Pinot Noir from France. It’s got lots of acidity, but a lot of flavor to boot. Big forward fruit and a dry finnish. And the flavor stays with you for a long time. Very nice. While you can easily drink this youthful red right now, one senses that this Lemberger might be even better five years from now.


p.s. some of the nicest manicured vineyards I have seen on the eastcoast...compares with Dr. Frank's and Raphael Vineyard in Long Island.