Organic Wine in the Hudson Valley: Clearview Vineyard Estate Noiret 2010
The estate Noiret is grown organically in their vineyards. This hybrid grape was developed by Cornell Research Foundation, Inc. and named in July 2006. It is a cross of NY33277 x Chancellor x Steuben which produces a deep red color wine with pronounced cherry and berry fruit aromas. Due to its vigorous growth and susceptibility to black rot, and its propensity for low productivity, Karen and Frank consider it the most difficult grape they grow. But let me tell you, it is a success. The wine is a dark purple with big fruit flavors up front, including plum, cassis, and prune. Hints of vanilla too. Well balanced acidity and soft tannins make it very drinkable. Very, very nice.