Thursday, February 07, 2013

Wine Spectator's James Molesworth Praises NY Wine on NBC!!!


 Senior Editor James Molesworth, who recently wrote lots of nice things about the Finger Lakes in the Feb 14, 2013 issue of Wine Spectator, was recently on NBC to talk about the wines of the Finger Lakes!

Reported the Post-Standard (Syracuse), Don Cazentre:

For the first time in its history, Wine Spectator -- one of the world's leading and most quoted wine magazines -- has conducted a full-blown tasting and analysis of wines from the Finger Lakes region.

Keeping in mind this is a relatively high-minded guide for dedicated wine enthusiasts, you'd have to say the region passed its first big test.

"As the region's steadily growing ranks of winemakers gain experience, homing in on the best grapes and vineyard sites, the Finger Lakes is quickly becoming an excellent source for quality and value," wrote senior editor James Molesworth at the end of his story on the region in the January-February issue. "It's time for serious wine consumers to take notice."

During the past year, Molesworth tasted and reviewed more than 325 Finger Lakes wines in blind tastings at the magazine's New York City ofices. He rated two-thirds of them at 85 points or higher on Wine Spectator's 100-point scale. He gave 28 wines a rating of 90 or higher.

While the Finger Lakes has been a wine-producing region for well over a century, it's only been in recent decades that it has been producing the type of wines that serious critics care about -- the wines knows as vinifera. These are made from the classic European grapes, with famous names like Pinot Noir, Riesling and Chardonnay.

Molesworth had particularly nice things to say about Heart & Hands winery, on Cayuga Lake near Union Springs. It's had success with Pinot Noir, despite the region's notoriously difficult history with red wines.

Molesworth, who is also Wine Spectator's lead taster for France's Bordeaux, Loire and Rhone regions, as well as South Africa, isn't ready to put the Finger Lakes in that class. But he is optimistic for its future.

In my opinon, James Molesworth continues to be the bright young star of the magazine, whose voice speaks to a younger generation as well as being respected by his older peers. His career is on a continued upward trajectory in the wine world. He brings a hip attitude and freshness to his reviews and material...a fun mix with old world and one world styles. And more power to him!

Here's a link to the Syracuse article: