Friday, August 31, 2018

Whitecliff Vineyards Two Cabs 2014 and Reserve Gamay Noir 2016 - Outstanding! (NY)

I have long been fans of Michael Migliroe and wife Yancey Stanforth-Migliore. They have built their winery up over the last 15 years like few people in New York state. They are one of the best promoters and producers in the Hudson Valley. However, in the last few years, with winemaker Brad Martz, the wines have been incredible. Last week I stopped by and tried two wines quickly before the shop closed!

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winemaker, Brad Martz

Always oustanding is their Gamay. The Whitecliff Reserve Gamay Noir 2016 was another exceptional wine. Light strawberry and bright cherry pop out of the glass, and the nose is only a tease. Cherry, strawberry, and light raspberry, swirl with a hint of earthiness, and a dollop of vanilla that turns this red wine into something other worldly. This is easily one of the best Gamay's on the east coast. Phenomenal. 

The Whitecliff Vineyards Two Cabs 2014 is made from almost equal parts from Hudson Valley grown Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The fruit was harvested at 21 brix, went through malolactic fermentation, and was aged 14 months in American and Hungarian oak. 20% of that was new oak. This dry medium-bodied to dark red, had a lovely color, and oozes charm right from the get-go. It features bright and dark cherry, and red raspberry. All those come across on the palate as well as cassis, blackberry, minerality, and a healthy doe of tannins and a touch of black pepper. This is a wonderful wine, perfect for roast chicken, pork, or a lovely roasted veal. Another lovely step forward for red wine in the Hudson Valley.

Great job Mike and Brad. Great work! Outstanding!