Why a snail on the label? "When we decided to call ourselves Hermit Woods Winery, the first thing we told our designer was “No hermits on the Label!” So Don, our designer began identifying graphics that represented the other creatures you might find in the woods. This was when he came upon Susan Riecken’s snail. We all instantly fell in love with it, not only was it graphically interesting, we all felt the snail was the perfect representation of the slow process that making wine is." Cool.
Chuck's ancestors were among the early settlers of New England arriving as early as 1630 in Portsmouth, Newburyport, and Boston. Chuck biked through France, Switzerland, and Germany at age 14, and again after college he toured Europe again. He became passionate about road bicycle racing, and joined the cycling teams at Cardigan Mountain, Tilton, and the University of NH. He was the first US National Collegiate Road Cycling Championship in State College PA in 1985 for the University of NH. He also trained at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs as a member of the US National Cycling team. A professional aviation pilot, he was a bush pilot, and in 2000 he was hired by United Airlines to be a Boeing 737 pilot.
These guys are incredibly cool and accomplished. And while they love to have fun and live life, they are incredibly passionate about their winemaking.
The wine is made with small, whole, wild, lowbush blueberries from Merrill’s Wild Blueberry Farm in Ellsworth Maine. Yes, blueberry is the overwhelming essence that bursts out of the glass. They use a cold soak process, partial carbonic fermentation, whole berry approach, low fermentation temperature, and reductive process to make a quality dry red wine. The wine is Rhone-ish in style. It's a medium-bodied wine with blueberry, plum, and cherry with nice notes of vanilla and spice. In July, 2014, Ray Isle, the Editor of Food and Wine Magazine, shared Petite Blue Reserve with Kathie Lee and Hoda on the Today show. Why? Because it's one of the nicest red wines in the north east you're going to try! Hermit Woods immediately joins the ranks of one of th best fruit wineries on the east coast!
Tasting these wines, immediately impressed me. And for as much as these guys were always having a ball at the convention, they were always in the center of the conversation. And tasting their wines, I now know why! Hermit Woods is one of the best fruit winemakers on the eastcoast!
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