My name is Carlo DeVito, and I am the author of East Coast Wineries: A Complete Guide from Maine to Virginia published by Rutgers University Press. This blog is dedicated to primarily east coast wines and wineries including Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. It will also feature products and information from other regions.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Mazza Chautauqua Proprietor's Reserve 2008 (NY)
With their 35-year tradition crafting fine wines in the Chautauqua-Lake Erie wine growing region, the Mazzas are proud to complement their winery in North East, Pa. with their new distillery, wine cellars and café in Chautauqua, NY. The Mazza family has taken great measures to create a one-of-a-kind experience for each and every guest. One of Western New York’s newest wineries is also its only distillery. This is Mazza Chautauqua Cellars in Mayville, NY.
Their hand-crafted copper pot still was imported from Germany. At Mazza they make some and some wine is transformed into brandy and the region’s delectable fruits are concentrated into healthful eau de vies.
It is a state of the art winery with wine tasting, spirits, and a fabulous cafe'. The building employs geo-thermal heating and cooling methods, energy-efficient lighting, and recycled materials so that they are as friendly to the environment as the winery is to their customers.
I recently me the Mazzas at Viticulture 2013. Nice foks!
Last December I had tasted the Mazza Chautauqua Proprietor's Reserve 2008. It is a meritage style blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot touched with French and American Oak. This reserve is a lovely wine with big nose of dried cherries and raspberries with spices and a whiff of vanilla. Fairly low in acidity and nice but not aggressive tannins, the wine is smooth and drinkable.