The three principals of Old Westminster Winery: Baker siblings Drew, Lisa Hinton and Ashli. In addition to managing their 7,600 estate vines, they work closely with regional winegrowers to source grapes such as Cabernet Franc from a vineyard on a silty-clay bank of the Monocacy River and Chardonnay from a vineyard perched atop a sandy bank overlooking the Chester River. Old Westminster believes these relationships allow them to craft wines that reflect their region’s unique geology and mesoclimates. More importantly, while still a fairly new winery, they have wowed discerning palates up and down the east coast.
The nose was a combination of fresh apples ad fresh bread. This spontaneous fermatation petillant Maturel had a lovely effervescence and tremendous acidity. This was a very light rose made from home vineyard Syrah! As per Hinton, the wine was disgorged, and the lees and dead yeast cells displaced with new wine, "but we sacrificed a lot of wine in the process." They made 70 cases of this lovely wine with hints of bright berry, strawberry and bright raspberry but with lost of citrus zest and a creamier finish than I expected. Impressive!!!!!!
Old Westminster continue and continues to make better and better wines.
Hats off to Lisa and the gang! Impressive stuff!