Sunday, March 28, 2010

Vyncrest Lemberger 2007

John and Jan Landis' path into the ancient art of winemaking began in 1972 as Jan was editing a book called "Homesteading." Piqued by the possibilities, they purchased a 5 acre farm in Breinigsville, PA in 1973. Extensive research into soil and weather conditions led them to plant their first fifty vines in 1974. John applied his background to courses in enology and viticulture as Vynecrest Winery officially opened its doors in 1989. In 1994, the Landis' purchased an additional 29 acres of land adjacent to the existing vineyard and began planting first of many separate vineyard blocks on this new land.
John was recently the president of the Pennsylvania Wine Association (PWA) and presently serves on the PA Wine Commodity Board. Jan was president of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail for four years and has initiated events such as the Passport Program - March Madness for Wine Lovers - and the Wine Trail Harvest Weekend. Sam, a 1998 BA graduate of Williams College, rejoined the family business in 2002 after working in California for E&J Gallo. Sam assists in the winemaking, is involved in promotion and now serves on the PWA Board in Harrisburg.

In 1997, Vynecrest became a charter member of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail and moved its original tasting room from the lower section of the barn into a newly renovated upper section, which today still remains as their featured tasting area.

The Landis's claim that Lemberger is their flagship wine. Now, I am not historically a Lemberger fan, so you know this wine must have been an exception. This was a medium-bodied dry red wine. It had big bold fruit up front, with some dark cherry and some raspberry, nice acids, and a smooth, rich finish. Nice tannins. Well balanced.
A great red wine! And one of only a few Lembergers I would recommend!