Sunday, August 31, 2014
Red Newt Cellars - Always Impressive (NY)
I have long been a fan of David Whiting and Red Newt Cellars. I remember meeting him a the first year he was at Finger Lakes Wine Festival the first year Red Newt went into business. I have been a fan ever since. This past July I went with Bryan Van Deusen and Rich Srsich, as usual. We stop there almost every year. I look forward to stopping there every year.
I've always liked the tastingroom. It's airy, and roomy, and beautifully appointed. We settled in for our tasting.
The first wine I tried was the Dry Riesling Reserve 2010. It was lovely. Green apple and citrus come across almost immediately. Followed by other tropical fruits. A tremendous fruitiness covers the palate, never sweet, and then a big pop of citrus finishes the taste. Incredible, sophisticated, elegant. An amazing wine.
Gewurztraminer 2007 Dry Sawmill Creek was a aromatic dry light white. Perfume-y, delicate, elegant. Absolutely one of the best Gewurztraminers I ever tasted. Fabulous!
Pinot Noir 2011 This is a lovely, light bodied dry red, with big whiffs of bright cherry and nice follow up of vanilla. A lovely wine.
Cabernet Franc Glacier Ridge 2011 was, as always, one of the Cabernet Francs on the east coast. Impressive. Big, dark, deep fruit, cherry, raspberry, plum, and hints of cassis. A nice mellow middle, and a lovely finish with moderate tannins. Gorgeous. Incredibly well balanced.
Viridescens 2011 is a blend of 56% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Franc, and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. Dark cherry, blackberry, and cassis are the big fruit up front. Nice middle and then a well balanced dose of tannins. Complex and elegant. As lovely a Meritage as you will find on the east coast.
Hellbender Port is an impressive mixture of Noiret, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. A lovely, deep, impressive wine, with gorgeous fruit and sweetness, that is mitigated by the tannins provided by the Cab Sav and the Merlot. Again, very impressive.
I have never been disappointed by a visit to Red Newt. And neither will you be.