Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Victory View Independence Marquette Reserve 2013 (NY)

Early on I was a fan of Victory View Vineyard! Jerry and his wife Mary have been steadfast in helping make great wine and growing their region, the Upper Hudson Valley Wine Region (soon to be a new AVA).

More than anything, Jerry makes one of the two or three best Marquette varietal wines that can be had! The Victory View Independence Marquette 2013 was incredible! A big, Syrah-like wine, with plum, cassis, and cherry and hints of pepper and vanilla. A beautiful, mature wine! Their first version of Independence, the 2013 vintage, won a double gold and best red wine of the 2015 Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition. I took too long to write the review. But this proved to be a good time to revive my interest in the wine. It's no longer available, but what is being released is the Independence Marquette Reserve 2014!

They also make some other fantastic wine....including their Lafayette maréchal foch, Fieldstone lacrosse and Revolution marquette.The one thign about Victory View i they make quality wines...through and through. And from the unlikeliest of grapes But they make great quality wine.

Mary Barnett recently wrote, "Marquette is our signature red grape, and we are happy to announce the release of the much anticipated 2014 marquette reserve - Independence! We are selling our 2014 vintage wines in our tasting room now...Independence is a limited production, dry red wine that we craft using our hand-harvested grapes from our most mature marquette vines. Independence is aged in French oak to produce a well-balanced wine with a complex flavor profile of subtle earthiness with the fruitiness and spice characteristics of marquette grapes."

Victory View was featured in the New York Times.

"Gerry Barnhart named his new winery Victory View Vineyard because when he looks west from the top of a slope on his property, he can see the site where, in 1777, the Battles of Saratoga were fought.
And one of his wines is named Revolution because it is made from one of several new cold-hardy grape varieties that have flourished in parts of northern New York once considered inhospitable to winemaking, from Washington and Saratoga Counties, just above Albany, to Lake Champlain and the Thousand Islands," reported the New York Times..

“About two dozen new vineyards have started up in the last seven or eight years because of the availability of these new grapes,” Mr. Barnhart told the Times. “Before, you couldn’t even think about growing wine grapes here.”

"In 2008, Mr. Barnhart and his wife, Mary, planted 180 vines of marquette grapes, a variety first released in 2006 by the University of Minnesota. In 2010, before going into business, he harvested nearly a ton of grapes and gave away most of his first batch of 160 gallons of wine to family and friends, who all gave it favorable reviews," the New York Times reported.

“So we said, ‘Let’s keep going,’” Mr. Barnhart said. “Like any variety of grape they have their own essential character, whether it’s mouth feel or different kinds of flavors,” Mr. Barnhart said. “These northern grapes are different than some of the traditional European wine grapes like a cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay or riesling. They have different flavor profiles. For example, marquette has a real abundance of color and what people would characterize as red-fruit flavors such as black cherry, raspberry, strawberry or cherry.’’

Still, Ms. Barnhart added, “People will come in and ask, ‘Do you have merlot?’”
“We say, ‘No, we can’t grow those grapes here because they’re wimps when it comes to winter,’” Mr. Barnhart said. “‘But we do have this, this and this.’”

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