Villa Bellangelo Offers Two Tremendous White Wines (NY)
While I was at the Finger Lakes Wine Festival 2012, I had
the occasion to sample some wines from Villa Bellangelo. Villa Bellangelo is
situated in a magnificent location atop a hill overlooking central Seneca Lake.
Their tasting room has offered visitors breathtaking views for more than a
decade, but these historic lands have been a part of the heart of Finger Lakes
agriculture and grape growing for centuries. The Missick family recently
acquired Villa Bellangelo and has completely revived and revamped the entire operation.
One of their biggest moves, in 2012, was to hire Ian Barry, a highly acclaimed
winemaker, with a distinguished reputation for making wines that are true to
the terroir in the Finger Lakes.
I was lucky to recently try two their new wines: the Dry
Riesling 2011 and the Gewurztraminer 2011.
Villa Bellangelo Dry Riesling 2011 According to the winery,
the grapes are sourced from a premier Seneca Lake vineyard and fermented cold
to preserve the bright fruit and enhance the elegant finish. This was a lovely,
light, delicate Riesling with lots of green apple and wonderful tropical fruits on
the nose. The green apple comes through beautifully on the palate, and finishes
with a lovely burst of acidity. Refreshing and mouthwatering, it’s the perfect accompaniment
with food. In fact, I had a bottle with bowlful of mouthwatering mussels, which
were made with white wine, fennel, garlic, and butter. And of course, some
lovely crusty bread from Bonfiglio & Bread in Hudson, NY. Fantastic!
The second wine was the Villa Bellangelo Gewurztraminer
2011. As the winery says, and I quite agree, “Gewürztraminer is rapidly gaining
popularity among Finger Lakes winemakers and wine drinkers.” I love
Gewurztraminer, which means I’m prone to being a pushover here, because the wine
is lovely. As with many good Gewurztraminers, this has a big, beautiful nose
full of flowers and fruit. Honey suckle, rose petals, and lychee all come
through as promised, with hints of tropical fruits as well. The wine has 1.2%
residual sugar, so there is a hint of sweetness, but there’s also good acidity,
so the wine is beautiful. Light, delicate, elegant, this Gewurztraminer cries
out for food. I had it with roast chicken, with mashed butternut squash, and
roasted peas. Amazing. Fantastic! A perfect Thanks giving wine or a great
choice with Asian dishes of almost any kind. Wow!
Villa Bellangelo is making the effort to make great wines,
and the results, so far, have been terrific! These two wines were fantastic!