Monday, June 09, 2014

Waltz Vineyards Crow Woods Cabernet 2010 Excellent! (PA)

There is no question that one of the leaders of the quality revolution in Pennsylvania has been Waltz Vineyards.Waltz Vineyards was established in 1997 by Jan and Kimberly Waltz. Situated on a beautiful hill between Lancaster and Lebanon, Pennsylvania, their sixth generation family farm has earned a reputation for producing premium quality fruit. Waltz vineyards are meticulously maintained. Over the past decade, Waltz Vineyards has been the host of many viticulture seminars organized by Mark Chien of Pennsylvania State University's Cooperative Extension in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.  
In 2000 they made their first wine in their garage. In 2008 they built their winery.  And they've been producing lovely quality fine wines ever since.

While at Eastern Wineries Exposition 2014, I found a bottle on a table at one of the dinners. The Waltz Vineyards Crow Woods Cabernet 2010 is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot which has been aged in French oak for 20 months. As with several other Waltz reds I have had, the quality, balance, and complexity were all impeccable. This wine was crafted by a deft hand. Dark stewed red fruits, dark cherries, plums, black berry and a hint of cassis all come across. Good acidity and nicely balanced tannins make this an elegant red wine.

The Crow Woods Cabernet 2010 is confirmation that Waltz continues to be at the forefront of making great quality dry reds in Pennsylvania and continues the momentum the Keystone state has experienced in the last four or five years. And Waltz continues to be a winery that deserves serious consideration by serious wine fans.