Saturday, March 09, 2013

Eagle Crest Unoaked Chardonnay 2010 (NY)

Hemlock Lake is home to Eagle Crest and O-Neh-Da Vineyards, established over 140 years ago to offer natural, pure grape wines from locally grown Finger Lakes fruit. Sustainable vineyard practices inspire their wine making today, producing all-natural local wines. Amidst 6,678 acres of State Forest Land, their vineyard and winery are also home to New York State's oldest Bald Eagle nests.

Eagle Crest is committed to good stewardship. It informs their vineyard practices and packaging choices today. Eagle Crest wines are packaged in recycled glass, with soy-based inks and resealable Stelvin ®  closures. 

The most visible man associate with Eagle Crest is owner Will Oulween, who is among the larger than life characyers in the Finger Lakes wine industry. “Will Ouweleen did not arrive at O-Neh-Da/Eagle Crest on purpose. A New York City investor who left Wall Street in the early 2000s to return to his native Rochester, he purchased a home perched above Hemlock Lake to try something different. The home  happened to be adjacent to the winery property, and Will soon found himself drawn to the winery and its history,” wrote Jason Feulner in Life in the Finger
“It’s like a family,” Will told Feulner. “The winemaking team has been in place for 30 years, which is incredible. There’s a real sense of pride here in what we are trying to do. Will owns a share of the business, but is completely hands-on, organizing efforts in marketing, sales, tasting-room management, and event planning.”

And Will is an involved owner when it comes to speaking out on the issues. He was vocal in his opposition to the Wines in Grocery Stores bill, and he continues to be vociferous in his fight against Fracking.

Will is also easily the most well traveled winery owner in New York state. Between delivering wine and wine festivals and farmers markets, Will can be seen at tastings and industry events. He’s always got a big smile and a warm handshake.

Eagle Crest Vineyards Unoaked Chardonnay 2010 is a very nice wine. It a big glass full of crisp green apples and a little touch of ripe Bosc pear. There is a hint of nuttiness to it as well. Nice acidity helps thr fruit last a nice long time. Very, very good.

You can read more about Eagle Crest at Life in the Finger Lakes: