The wine is 60% from Paso Robles and 40% from Sonoma, and the varietals are 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Syrah. The wine was aged 6-15 months (30% new French oak, 70% used French oak), the alcohol is 13.3%, and they made 108 cases.
Ruby red and well balanced with explosive fruit on the front, middle, and back palette. This wine contains fruit from 3 different cabernet sauvignon vineyards resulting in incredibly complex structure. The dark berry notes are worthy of savoring today, with significant potential to mature for 5-10 years.
There are several wineries that have chosen to make wine on the east coast from California fruit, including Long Point, Cereghino-Smith and Jonathan Edwards. They all make wonderful wines. And I am always happy check these kinds of wineries out. However, I think Balderdash has the opportunity to eventually become one of the leaders in forward thinking winemaking in Massachusetts. I do hope they will follow these other winery's leads, and make a few wines from locally grown grapes. Or make a blend of east coast and west coast grapes. A Frontenac Gris from Massachusetts would be fantastic and obviously Riesling from the Finger Lakes. I hope something like that's in their plans, I would love that.
Regardless, they are two professionals, who have created a sophisticated product, and they are making wonderful wines, and you really need to get over there!
Tasting Room Closed for the Season
Reopening early April