Monday, June 11, 2012

Buckingham Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon NV (PA)

I was lucky enough to try a Buckingham Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon NV when I was at the Eastern Wineries Expo in March in Lancaster, PA.

Buckingham Valley Winery was one of the first wineries started under Pennsylvania’s Farm Winery Act of 1968. Today Buckingham Valley is among the largest of Pennsylvania’s one hundred-plus wineries. They have more than 40 acres of vineyards, flanked by sculptures and fountains, provide a quiet setting for this family-owned and run winery that was started by Kathy and Jerry Forest in 1970. With an annual production of almost 50,000 gallons, we are also one of the largest.

Buckingham Valley Vineyards offers more than a dozen varieties of wine, ranging from deep, oak-aged reds to light whites. Very dry to fairly sweet. They also offer a large selection of fruit wines made from 100 percent fruit, as well as Ruby Port and White Port.

The Cabernet Sauvignon was quite good. This is more of a European styled red. Those looking for a California-styled Cabernet Sauvignon will be disappointed. This medium-bodied dry wine sparkled dark garnet red in the glass. It had a very nice nose of dark cherry, dark raspberry, and hints of cassis and mocha. Nice fruit up front, with medium tannins and decent acidity. A nice, dry finish.

A nice, solid drinking red, great with pork, chicken, and grilled meats.