Sunday, June 05, 2011

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008


Viticulture has been the life-blood of the Hazlitt family for 158 years. On April 1, 1852 David Hazlitt purchased 153 acres in the hamlet of Hector including most of present day Peach Orchard Point. The property's fruit trees and vineyards provided regionally sold produce that the Hazlitts shipped via wagon, boat, and the ever-expanding railroad. Six generations later the Hazlitt legacy continues.

The late Jerry Hazlitt and his wife Elaine founded the winery in 1985. Jerry was an ardent home winemaker and wanted to share the fruits of his labor with friends and visitors. His love of the Finger Lakes, antiquities, and native lore made for many wonderful Saturday afternoon gatherings around the original tasting room bar.

It was a surprise when my wife brought home at bottle of Hazlitt Cabernet Sauvignon 2008. I've always been interested in red wines from the Finger Lakes.

These grapes were harvested in Novemeber of 2008. They were fermented 14 days and spent 10 months in French, American, and Hungarian oak. The result was a very pleasing dark, dry red wine. Lot's of dark fuits - plum, dark raspberry, cassis and a hint of mocha, some leather and lots of spice.

This was a very nice, complex red. Congrats to the folks at Hazlitt!