Saturday, January 22, 2011

Alba Vineyard Old Mill Red

The historic barn in Milford, New Jersey that now houses Alba Vineyards winery and tasting room, as well as the Musconetcong Art Gallery, was built in 1805. Within the old stone walls, the aroma of fermenting and aging wine fills the air. The character of the limestone walls and old oak beam framing has not been lost with the installation of modern equipment; in fact, the new lighting system serves to reveal the inherent beauty of the stonework as never before.

“Old Mill Red” is Alba Vineyards standard table wine. The idea was to create a good, solid everyday red. After many years of experimentation, their winemaker has developed just the right blend for their Old Mill Red.

The wine is a blended of several different completed wines. It is made up mostly of Marechal Foch and Chambourcin, but there are also small amounts of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Each wine is made seperately, and then aged seperately as well - until the final blend. The wine is then matured in small American white oak from the Ozarks of Missouri for 8-10 months.

This was a wonderful surprise. The wine is a medium-to-dark plum-ish red. It has cherry on the nose and had a whiff of vanilla on the nose. There's lots of cherry here. Mostly dark cherry, but there is some small amount of bright cherry as well. A hint of plum also. The wine has wonderful fruit up front. ery approachable and with low-tannins.

This is a wonderful, inexpensive red table wine. Dry and delicious. Congrats!