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.
Monday, June 03, 2013
Red Hook's Rebirth from the Sea 2009 Aptly Named, Marks the Return of the Small, Powerful Artisnal Brooklyn House (NY)
A friend came
over and brought some libation as a companion for the fine dinner my wife and I
had lovingly prepared for him. On the dining table nestled on our porch
outside, alongside the big buns, ketchup and mustard, were such goodies as
potato salad and coleslaw. And of course big fat juicy hamburgers. Me and my
hungry family were eagerly awaiting his arrival. We started off with numerous
brews to accompany our meal, local craft made beverages. The light outside
started to die, but the conversation just started warming up.
beer? Nope, opined my fine guest….how about Red Hook Rebirth From the Sea.
As you will
no doubt remember, Red Hook Winery in Brooklyn, was thought to have possibly
have vanished from the face of the earth after hurricane Sandy and the accompanying
sunami that devastated New York City. Return From the Se is one of the wines that
was released just after Red Hook reopened.
losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in wine and equipment to Hurricane
Sandy last year, Red Hook Winery reopened last Friday on Pier 41. How? The
storm spared stocks of bottled wine stored in an off-site warehouse and,
pulling from that inventory, the winery is now pouring and selling all 70
different wines (yes, 70) at their tasting bar -- from crisp Long Island
Sauvignon Blanc to plush and plummy Macari Vineyard "Black and Blue"
red,” reported Lauren Mowrey in “Red Hook Winery Makes a Triumphant Return” in
the Village Voice.
told Mowrey, "If we waited until we were done, we would never open. It
won't be perfect, there is still a lot under construction, but we have wine,
wine glasses, and water to clean them with. That's enough."
Mowrey, RHW sold off old wine-barrel staves repurposed as candle holders, and
other crafts, in an attempt to avoid a total loss and not "throw away
everything that Sandy touched." The team is also coordinating with other
Brooklyn-based vendors to provide tasting-room treats: Additionally other
Brooklyn-based artisanal companies lent a hand by coordinating tatsing-room
retreats such as A.L.C. Italian Grocery, Saxelby Cheese, and Cacao Prieto.
meantime, RHW received numerous offers of grape juice and wine to bend and make
new wines with. "Taking wine from someone and somewhere else fundamentally
goes against what we are all about," admitted Snyder Mowrey, "but if
we have to do it to remain open for the next few years, maybe that's better
than closing completely." The idea was to blend those wines with some of
the wiens that survived the hurricane. Such offerings carried names like "Hurricane
Sandy" or "Pier 41 Napa" blend.
the Sea 2009 is a Bordeaux Styled blend of 65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and
15% Cabernet Sauvignon. The winemaker was Abe Schoener using native yeast
fermentation. Macari Vineyardds on the North Fork of Long Island is an
important source for the 2009 red blend, as well as other source such as Jamesport
and One Woman Vineyard.
This is a
lovely, powerful, mature, concentrated, and elegant wine. The wine is
medium-to-dark red wine tinged with purple. The aromas were cherry, plumb, raspberry,
and blackberry with hints of cassis, vanilla, and other spices. It would be a
treat whether or not it had followed such a devastating incident, but having
emerged from the morass as it has, it is a significant return for the small but
powerful winery from Brooklyn, and signifies the house’s return to operation in
a triumphant way. A wonderful wine. An accomplishment in any year.