Hickory Hollow sits on the edge of beautiful Seneca Lake. Hickory Hollow had a humble beginning: as a piece of scrub lot noticed during a "drive by", which was eventually turned into a fine winery. With a lot of planning and foresight, the project came together. Bruce and Suzanne Kendall with winemaker Peter Oughterson and his wife Cindy put the plan together, then the work really started!
Hickory Hollow Wine Cellars is a partnership between the Oughterson family (Peter Oughterson is a respected grape grower and winemaker in the Seneca Lake region) and the Kendall family.(Suzanne Kendall worked at Hermann Wiemer Winery for many years and brings hospitality and business skills to the partnership.) Two brands of wine are offered: the Hickory Hollow wines and Peter Oughterson’s Highland Cellars wines.
I met Bruce Kendall at the Desmond. The story of Hickory Hollow is inspirational. And I instantly wanted to try their wines.
The one I liked best was the Highland's Glenn. Highland Cellars Highland Glenn is a Bordeaux-style blend. I was aged 24 months in French oak. The oak and earth come through as promised. Also a touch of dark berry, almost cassis, but not quite that pronounced. However, the berries do come across on the palate. There's some spice in there and it finishes very, very well.
These are career wine people. Experienced wine people. A very nice wine from some lovely folks.