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.
Saturday, March 09, 2013
Eagle Crest Unoaked Chardonnay 2010 (NY)
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.
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 Lakes.com.
“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: