Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Keuka Spring Vineyards - Three Reds Worth Trying (NY)

While on my travels this fall, I took the time to taste some wines from Keuka Spring Vineyards. I see them at a number of festivals and events around the state, but I haven’t been able to do a proper tasting until recently.

Keuka Spring Vineyards has been around for 25 years. The hillside tasting room is adjacent to the vineyards, and offers incredible panoramic views of Keuka Lake. The Wiltberger family are very proud of their wines. 

Keuka Spring Vineyards Vignoles 2011 - The Vignoles was a lovely, light crisp aromatic white with lovely combination of tropical fruit with big whiffs of floral overtones. The wine was soft and fruity up front but with enough acidity to keep it honest and refreshing.  A surprise coming from the Finger Lakes.
Keuka Spring Vineyards Epic Reserve 2010 – This is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Lots of blackberry, plum, and cassis with vanilla and spices. A very nice medium-to-dark red wine with nice tannins but enough fruit to make it count. It’s a nice wine to drink now, but you can easily age this for two to five years with absolutely no problem. A really nice red.

Keuka Spring Vineyards Miller’s Cover Red 2011 – This wine has always been a hit for Keuka Spring Vineyards, having won 2009 and 2010 Best in Show and Best in Red Honors at the New York State Fair Wine Competition. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are combined in this medium-bodied, earthy red. Surprisingly soft and quaffable, still a wine you can drink now or lay down for a few years. Very nice!
Three very nice wines from Keuka Lake!!! Enjoy!!