Sunday, September 14, 2014
Vineyard View Winery on Keuka Lake
Met these fine folks at the Finger Lakes Wine Festival, and it seemed like they were into doing some serious wines, so I gave them a try and was pleasantly pleased.
Adam Folts is a fifth generation grape grower, tending vines on the same property his great, great grandfather first cultivated. The Folts Farm grows mostly native grapes and some French-American hybrids. Adam spent his life in the vineyard, helping his father on the family farm for about 12 years. He served four years active duty in the Air Force, but in his heart and mind he never really left the farm. It was happenstance, then, that the Air Force sent him to Texas, where he met a couple who owned a small winery. He helped them in the cellar and developed a love for making wine.
He first created his business plan in 2010 with his wife Nikki and with his father Mike. They have joined him in this venture to create an estate winery on 50 acres of Folts Farm. A Registered Nurse by profession, Nikki has always had a passion for wine and shares Adam’s desire to nurture the grapes and the craft of wine making. In addition to helping to set the vision for the winery and tasting room, she has been an active member of the Folts farm since they met.
According to the Folts family, "Currently, wine is being made off-site at Inspire Moore Winery and Vineyard. We have been working directly with Tim Moore in producing the wines, and we couldn’t be more happy with this years vintage. 2012 was almost the perfect growing season for the Finger Lakes, and we are thrilled to start our first year off with such an amazing vintage."
I've been very lucky lately - I've tried a number of really good Gewurztraminers recently, and this one is no exception. This is a lovely Gewurztraminer, with a big floral nose, some wonderful green apple and tropical fruits, and a nice, grapefruit ending. Absolutely lovely!
The Dry Riesling was also very impressive and expressive. Big notes of bright green apple, tropical fruits, honeysuckle, and hints of spice made this delicious before I even took my first sip. And those flavors were confirmed in my first sip. A very, very nice wine. I prefer Dry Rieslings, and this one was a straight up lovely wine right down the middle of the fairway. Very, very nice.
Look forward to more wines from Vineyard View.