While I was in the Finger Lakes for the 2013 wine festival, I went with two friends to do a little tasting. We passed Villa Bellangelo and decided it would be a good place to stop. The tasting room outside was still somewhat under construction (mostly landscaping) but was beautifully and richly appointed within.
There's no question, the facilities are meant for weddings and large family gatherings. The please is absolutely beautiful. And the view, over the vineyard to the lake from the back wall is breathtaking.
I love single vineyard wines. I love single vineyard Rieslings. Nothing shows a sense of somehwereness (to quote Matt Kramer) like a Riesling. This 2012 Gibson Vineyard Riesling as a gorgeous wine. Beautifully balanced, and well crafted, green apple, start fruit, melon, and a host of other tropical fruits came through with lovely citrus notes. And a minerally, earthiness too boot. A beautiful wine! I thought this was great.
I always ask prospective employees, which book would have loved to edit or which wine would you have love to have made or produced. I always think this is a window into someone's thoughts. I can honestly say, I wish this was a wine I had made. This is absolutely one of the brightest spots on the list, and shows what a sophisticated wine Moscato can make. This is brilliant!!! No wonder this is a Best in Show winner. This wine has about 7% residual sugar, and it comes off like a classic Italian Moscato or lovely, well balanced Spumante. The semi-sparkling 2912 Moscato has a lovely floral nose, with lively fruit on the tongue, is well balanced between sweetness and acidity, and a slight effervescence that is absolutely gorgeous. Easily one of the best sparkling wines in the entire state.