Howard Bursen, a formerly of the Finger Lakes wine region, has worked for more than 20 years with Sharpe Hill to produce great wines. Sharpe Hill has collected more than 350 awards from national and international competitions.
The Burgundy region of France first produced the most famous chardonnays of note, and it is now grown all over the world. America is a formidable grower and maker of Chardonnay. Sharpe Hill's Vineyard Reserve is something very special indeed, and stands out as one of the best in class across the east coast. It is distinctive for it's black label. With dinner we tried the Chardonnay Southeastern New England 2009 in the white label. It was lovely. Big apple and ripe pear are fronted by lovely tropical nose, with mango and apricot, and the wine has a lovely lemony finish. There's a touch of oak there, but it is lovely and complimentary. It doesn't hide this wine. A beautiful finish for a wine that was gorgeous to drink, and went remarkably well with our dinner. Fabulous!
Cabernet Franc is an important red variety in the Bordeaux and Loire regions of France. It has since become a staple of the east coast in general. And Connecticut has grown some very lovely Cabernet Francs, especially recently. This Cabernet Franc Vineyard Reserve 2010 was something we tried several nights or a week later. I had made a big, piping hot pot of pasta, and thought the Cabernet Franc would stand up to the giant mound of black pepper I had dropped in the red sauce - kind of an Arabiata if you will. The Cabernet Franc was lovely. Garnet in color, it was beautiful in the glass. bright cherry on the front. The wine very much had a Loire-ish character. It was light-to-medium bodied red, with wonderful fruit and good acidity - so the fruit lasted a good long time. Nice tannins balanced out the wine. It stood up to the food perfectly - which was a tall order. It was perfect. A very, very nice wine!
Congrats to Howard and the folks at Sharpe Hill!