Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Sunset Meadows Vineyard in Goshen, CT
Sunset Meadow Vineyards is a family owned and operated vineyard located atop the Litchfield Hills. In Goshen, their vineyards overlook the picturesque sunsets and extravagant scenery of the beautiful Western Connecticut Highlands.
Sunset Meadow Vineyards pride themselves on maintaining and operating the vineyards with tremendous precision. They maintain some of the largest vineyards in the state. The 21 acres of vineyards, with over 9,000 vines, are spread over 40 acres of gently sloping fields.
The first time I tasted the wines of Sunset Meadows Vineyards, I was at the Connecticut Wine Festival last year. I was more than surprised, especially by their reds. So I was eager to enter their driveway and taste some of their wines in their tasting room.
First up was the Chardonnay grown in Connecticut. This white wine is a solid fruit forward up front. Green apple, melon, and hints of spice. The wine was aged in American oak and had a nice balance of minerality, and have a buttery and creamy finish. A really lovely chardonnay.
The Dry Riesling was next. It was very floral, with hints of honeysuckle, green apple, and the flavor ended with a nice citrus touch. Very flavorful.
The St. Croix was a big, dry red, aged 24 months in oak. A big, dry, smooth red wine with big whiffs of cherry, with hints of spice and pepper. This was a surprisingly wonderful, complex red, with lots of flavor and character. This was Dominique's favorite.
The Twisted Red was next. This was a really interesting red. This is Sunset Meadow Vineyard's blend of Cabernet, Cabernet Franc, Lemberger and Chamborcin. This delicious, big full-bodied red wine is aged in French Oak. The wine has notes of Blackberry, Black Cherry and Plum, both on the nose and on the palate. This is a big, beautiful wine. Really nice.
This is a big, full-bodied Merlot, aged on a combination of American and French Oaks. Big hints of cherry and hints of black pepper and spice. Nicely balanced. Very nice.
Sunset Meadows is owned by UC Davis certified Enologist George Motel and his wife Judy. They created state-of-the-art production rooms in a restored 1890s German bank-barn tasting room and created a state of the art farm winery in Connecticut. And they've got a slew of medals from around the country to show that I'm not the only one who's enthusiastic about what they're doing.
Go to Sunset Meadow in Goshen, CT, and see the rolling vineyards, and visit their tastingroom, and tell me you might not think you're in the Finger Lakes or on Long Island. It's a great time and great wine.