Saturday, February 27, 2010

Shaw Vineyard Continues to Excel

Steve Shaw and Steve Shaw Jr. are a ubiquitous presence in the New York wine world. At least one of them seems to be at every event. And that's a good thing for us. Because their wines improve each year, and they are striving for excellence. They are striving for quality. And they are succeeding. And that's good for all of us!

At the New York Wine Experience I had the pleasure to taste several of their offerings, with great pleasure. Steve Sr. has been working vines for more than 25 years (I think it's longer, but I'm trying to be nice, and not make him sound like Methuselah). He's very serious about growing quality grapes. Shaw continues to truly put distance between itself and many other wineries with their tremendous array of brilliant white wines. The Shaw Chardonnay 2006 was incredible. Light, fruity, tremendous nose (tropical fruits, slightly floral), but with a nice, dry, smooth finish. It was a dazzling light bright white wine.
The Sauvignon Blanc was also brilliant. Lots of beautiful flavors on the nose. On the palate, it danced. A light white with incredible staying pour, with just the right amount of pucker, but not too much. Fabulous!
And the LiBella Pinot Gris 2008 was excellent. A beautifully overwhelming nose. Fantastic. Tropical fruits. Floral. A touch of pucker, but a lovely, lovely light white. At around $10 or slightly more, one of the best white wine values in all of New York state. An elegant, elegant, brilliant table white.

The 2005 Cabernet Sauvingon was a big, luscious wine, with lots of incredible fruit up front. Raspberries. Dark cherries. A touch of vanilla. Nice tannins. This is wine you can drink now, or put in your cellar for ten years. This is an incredible wine. And it's from relatively young vines for a Cab Sav, so you know the quality is only going to improve, especially in the Shaw family's hands.

Run, don't walk, to your store, and demand Shaw Vineyard!