Sunday, February 17, 2013

Rock Stream DeChaunac 2009 (NY)


Rock Stream Vineyards is an estate winery owned and operated by Dr. Mark Karasz. Mark is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel with a PhD in chemistry. A three year tour in Italy inspired him to make wine and Grappa. After returning from Italy, he founded Rock Stream Vineyards and began growing his own grapes and making wine, brandy, Grappa and ports. The tasting room on Route 14 and Fir Tree Point Road has been open since July 23rd, 2005 and is now Seneca Lake’s only winery that is a licensed Grappa and Grape Brandy distillery. The vineyard has 40 acres of vines producing over 200 tons of grapes annually to make premium, hand-crafted wines.
Now, I am not usually a fan of DeChaunac, but I was lucky enough to score a taste of Rock Stream DeChaunac 2009 Seneca Lake last month, and I was pleasantly surprised. The wine has a distinctly DeChaunac nose with hints of cherry, plum, and a wisp of cinnamon. But the taste was wholly different. The plum comes across quite nicely on the palate. The wine has nice acidity, which keeps the fruit up front, but not too much. The tannins are soft, and the wine finishes smooth and easy. This is a very nice example of what this varietal can do.

Well done, Rock Stream!