Monday, June 03, 2013

Black Walnut Tryst 2010 (PA)


When I was at the Eastern Wineries Exposition, I was searching among the tables, looking for something to try. I was at the Pennsylvania table looking amongst the labels for something to try. Pennsylvania as I have written about has upped its game tremendously, and the reds especially have shown huge improvements. It was then I came across a Black Walnut Tryst.

Black Walnut was established in 2001 when Lance, Valerie, Jack and Karen decided to try their hand at winemaking. Their friends joined in and they processed 500 lbs of grapes for their 'unofficial' first crush under a canopy of Black Walnut trees at the home of Lance and Valerie. In April of 2006 they began the process of renovating a 198 year old bank barn in Chester County, PA to house Black Walnut Winery. The renovations were completed a little more than three years later, and they opened the winery to the public on July 31, 2009. They opened a second location in the Spring of 2010, and their Phoenixville Tasting Room opened to the public on September 10, 2010.

2010 Tryst is their 50/50 blend of Pinot Noir and Merlot. This is a lovely wine with aromas of fresh bright cherry and strawberry. But the taste of Tryst 2010 on the palate is bigger than the fresh fruit smells. The cherry up front is ripe medium colored cherries, like that in a fine Italian wine or a Rhone red. The acidity in the front helps the fruit longer a good, long time. The tannins are soft, so the fruit stays with you. A lovely, lovely wine ready for drinking any time. Great with pasta or light grilled meats like chicken or pork.

Congrats to the whole team at Black Walnut.