Friday, February 21, 2014

Zugibe Vineyards x3 - A Nice Trio (NY)

In June of 2005, on the banks of Seneca Lake, Zugibe Vineyards began as 23 acres of vinifera wine grapes. Since then, it has grown to 40 acres, comprised of 11 different varietals, including Riesling, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Merlot, Lemberger, Sauvignon Blanc and Gruner Veltliner.
While I was at the Finger Lakes Wine Festival 2013, I tasted several of their wines which I liked quite a bit. I tried only the black label wines, which are their higher-end label. I found a trio of wines I really liked.
My favorite white of theirs was an easy choice - the Zugibe Finger Lakes Dry Riesling 2010. The wine showed a big, beautiful nose of bright green apple, coupled with citrus overtones of orange, lemon and grapefruit. There were also some nice floral notes as well. The wine was light, bright, had a nice mineral quality about it, and had a wonderful zippy finish. Refreshing. I love dry Rieslings, and this one was excellent!
This wine is a celebration of four generations of Freds each with his own distinctive personality and together were an amazing sight to behold. The grapes that make this premium blend are Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Lemberger. A lovely, medium-bodied red, with a nice bright ruby color, with pretty bright red fruit up front - bright cherries and raspberies, and a hint of red cassis, and some spice. Nice balance with good tannins. A lovely, dry red wine perfect for food. A lovely wine!

What I really loved was the Zugibe Finger Lakes Cabernet Franc 2010. It was fantastic!!!
A gorgeous, ruby colored red wine, with a huge whiff of raspberries and cassis. The fruit lasted a long, long time on the palate, and the acidity helped carry it beautifully. But there were some nice, soft tannins as well. It was a very well balanced dry red wine. A medium-bodied wine, with great complexity. More light than it was dark. A beautiful, Burgundian-styled Cab Franc. Lovely!!!

Some nice wines from Zugibe.