Thursday, March 14, 2019

Sharpe Hill Dry Riesling 2016 and Cabernet Franc 2013: Fantastic! (CT)

Sharpe Hill Vineyards is a quality wine producer located in Pomfret, Connecticut not far from the Rhode Island border. It's closer to Providence, than it is to Stonnington, but still feels the residual effects of the kindly Long Island Sound and the big shoulders of the northern Atlantic.

I love Howard Bursen, the winemaker of Sharpe Hill. He's a terrific winemaker and a very personalble man who loves to swap stories and winemaking experience, information, and tips. He has been at Sharpe HIll for more than 25 years. He's a long time member of the Finger Lakes Winemaking Mafia (including friends Peter Bell and Dave Whiting). I tasted two of Howard's wines in the last six months and meant to write about them sometime ago.

The Sharpe Hill Dry Riesling Vineyard Reserve 2016 was exquisite! Light, with a massive floral nose filled with honeysuckle, apricot, pineapple, and other tropical notes. It had a slight hint of petrol, and finished dry and lingered beautifully. Such an impressive wine.

The Sharpe Hill Cabernet Franc Vineyard Reserve 2013 was a classic medium bodied Cabernet Franc. The wine was the color of garnet, with notes of cherry and raspberry, and hints of cocoa, vanilla, and lots of spice. A hint of herbaceousness, but also lots, and lots of red fruit. A terrific finish, where the cherry lingered after the black pepper faded.

Howard and his staff continue to produce fantastic wines. Tremendous stuff.