Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Spring Lake Winery Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon

While I was attending the New Amsterdam Farmer's Market wine festival in early December, down near South Street Seaport, I happen to taste some really nice wines at the Spring Lake Winery table.

Located in Lockport, New York, the Spring Lake Winery at Varallo Vineyards is owned by the Varallo family - Dr. Nicholas, Tamre, Americo, Cristina, and Dominic.

According to their website, "The land beneath our vineyards was once an ancient beach- the shore of a prehistoric Lake Ontario. This lake is now 11 miles away, but the majestic Niagara Escarpment remains, towering 250 feet above us holding the warm, moist lake air like a blanket over our vines. It’s this unique geography – where the water meets the land- that is reflected in every bottle from Varallo Vineyards."

The vineyards are uniquely located in the Town of Lockport and are a part of the 78 acres that include an 8 acre spring fed lake, unique woods, and Spring Lake Winery.

Because it was a festival type event, they had brought a limited number of wines with them. I chose to try their two reds.

First I tried the Merlot. It was a medium bodied red, with a nice garnet color. It had nice cherry and vanilla aromas, and the wine had dark raspberries, maybe a touch of blackberry, and a hint of mocha or coffee. It had a nice balance of acids and tannins, and had a nice, smooth long finish.

Cabernet Sauvignon was a big, deep red wine. It was a big, full-bodied wine, with lots of structure upfront. But the flavors were solid - dark cherry, red currant, again, a touch of blackberry? Nice tannins. A well balanced wine.

I thought these were two very, very nice red wines. Excellent!