Friday, April 05, 2019

Three New Fabulous Wines From Nostrano Vineyards (NY)

I love Nic and Kayleigh over at Nostrano Vineyards in the Hudson Valley. They make all estate wines. And they are just good people! And they make great wines. I recently saw them at NYDrinksNY 2019 at the Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center in March. I've tasted all their wines before, but they had a new crop and I thought I'd give them a try. How was I gonna turn down friends? I didn't think it would amount to much...but I couldn't have been more wrong! I was bowled over. 

More and more Sauvignon Blanc, Albarino, and Pinot Gris are being made in New York state every year. The state producers lean, crisp, zippy versions of these wines that really strike home. The Nostrano Vineyards Pinot Gris 2018 was no exception. Rather, it proved the point bluntly! The wine was wonderful. Full of tropical fruits and zippy acidity, it was a breath of fresh air! Fantastic! Was one of my favorites of the whole tasting.

The Nostrano Vineyards Semi-Sweet Riesling 2018 is a 100% estate gown Riesling. It had all the earmarks of a classic, lovely Riesling. It had tropical notes, a hint of petrol, and a whiff of candied pineapple. But the middle was all green apple and the finish was a citrus bomb. It was a perfect balance of sweetness and a pop of acidity to keep it from being cloying. Perfect!!!

The Nostrano Vineyards Ava Rose 2018 was also a wonderful fun sparkler with hints of strawberry, bright cherry, and hints of watermelon and lime. A terrific sparkler with great nose, lovely flavor, and enough bubbles to make your nose crinkle...but in a good way!

Nic and Kayleigh are really doing an incredible job! They are a tremendous addition to the Hudson Valley! You gotta check them out!