Zugibe, though relativelynew to the scene, has been a winery
producing serious wines for serious wine drinkers. In June of 2005, in the Finger Lakes, on the
banks of Seneca Lake, Zugibe Vineyards began as 23 acres of vinifera wine
grapes. Since then, Zugibe has grown to 40 acres, comprised of 11 different
varietals, including Riesling, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir,
Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Merlot, Lemberger, Sauvignon Blanc and
Gruner Veltliner, an Austrian varietal.
On November 20, 2006, they lost their father, Frederick II,
suddenly and unexpectedly. His drive and passion for Zugibe Vineyards, and
indeed, for all of his endeavors, continues to serve as an inspiration to all
of his sons. The three Zugibe brothers - Frederick III, Brendan and Sean - each
brought to this venture different yet complementary knowledge and experience.
Frederick is a trained oenologist, Sean a viticulturist, while Brendan's background
lies in business. All three, however, along with their parents, Frederick II
and Anna, shared a passion for exceptional wine, and a desire to create their
own unique blend.
I recently tried the wine at the Governor’s Summit for
wines, beers, and spirits in Albany this past fall. The Zugibe Pinot Noir 2010
was extremely smooth. The nose had cherry, strawberry and cassis, all as
promised. A hint of spice and vanilla too! The wine had a lovely bright to medium
cherry, with nice acidity and relatively low tannins. It was a very nice Pinot
Congrats to all three brothers…this is a wine to be very,
very proud of!!!