Monday, November 18, 2019

Glendale Ridge Cabernet Franc Vintner’s Reserve 2017

I recently went on a tasting tour with my sister Claudia and my friend Rich Srsich. We ventured out near Amherst Massachusetts in my quest to try to taste more quality wines from that state. Glendale Ridge Vineyards is a small 5 acre family run winery. It is a small 5 acre winery in the  Pioneer Valley located in the central part of the state.

It was a great visit! We met Mary Hameln the owner. Spectacular Estate Pet Nat, terrific Estate Crescent, lovely estate Traminette, and wonderful estate Corot Noir. I also enjoyed the Cabernet Franc.

Recently I just drew it from my pile of wines to try with dinner. It was paired with a lovely clay pot chicken done with garlic rosemary and onion salt and pepper. It was a classic dish waiting for a lovely bottle of wine It was a classic dish waiting for a lovely bottle of wine. Glendale Ridge did not disappoint.

Glendale Ridge Vintner’s Select Cabernet Franc 2017 was an absolutely lovely wine. It started off with dark cherry and dark raspberry swirled with hints of cranberry and raspberry it slowly devolved into layers of spice and vanilla with a smooth metal and a nice dry finish. It showed good complexity revealing new fruits each time we took a sip with our beautiful chicken.

Glendale Ridge Vineyads is part of a new generation of Massachusetts wineries using a state fruit and making quality wines. They are a welcome addition to any table and really enjoyed my time there. I promise you will too.

A terrific bottle of wine!

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Nathan Kendall Pinot Noir 2015 Shines (NY)

Back in October I had made a lovely hanger steak for dinner and was wondering what to have with it.  It was then that I found in my stash this lovely Nathan Kayendall pinot Noir 2015 from the finger Lakes region.

Nathan is a seasoned wine maker. He has worked in wine around the world. He worked in Sonoma California at Cline. Then he worked at Cooper’s Creek in New Zealand. He worked at one of my favorite wineries Adelsheim in Oregon. And then he worked at Ravena cellars in the Finger Lakes. He’s a Winemaker with a delicate touch.

The Nathan Kendall Pinot Noir 2015 was superb. Big cherry. Ripe. Lovely soft ending. Super approachable. A really really lovely wine with complexity and balance. Very very pretty wine no matter the region.

This is a wine that shows that great reds are being made in the Finger Lakes.

Hats off to Nathan and his staff!

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Hawk Haven Talon 2016 (NJ)

Hawk Haven is among a small band of quality producers found at the southern band of New Jersey’s coast that stretches from Cape May and westward. The vineyard was first planted in 1997. It is owned by Todd and Kenna Wuerker. Todd is the winemaker. 

Hawk Haven Talon 2016 is among the company’s top flight reds. The fruit comes from the Outer Coastal Plain region. It is a blend of 43% Merlot, 29% Syrah, and 28% Sangiovese. Only seven barrels were produced. This Super Tuscan inspired blend starts off with a big fruit statement of cherry, raspberry, cranberry, red currant, and other stewed red fruits. It’s also got a smooth mid-palate that gives was to exotic spices and a blend of white and black pepper. Complex and well balanced, this is an exceptional wine. 

With Talon, Hawk Haven has made a statement that their serious red wines are to be considered alongside other Mid-Atlantic quality producers. Todd and Kenna and their staff have produced an extremely memorable wine. For Hawk Haven the future looks bright. 

Friday, November 15, 2019

Palmaris Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2013 (NJ)

The Palmaris line of wines from Tomasello has produced a number of high quality wines from New Jersey's famous Outer Coastal Plain region. This wine was no exception.

I had this Tomasello Palmaris Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2013 was a big dark, deep wine of dark stewed berries, cranberry, and cassis with lovely tannins and a nice finish. The wine was both balanced and complicated, pitting lovely fruit against lovely tannins, and layering textures and flavors through the tasting experience. 

A truly lovely wine.

Nothing But Impressed by Bedell Cellars (NY)

In April and May I tasted a number of wonderful wines from Bedell Cellars. I have always loved Rich Olsen-Harbich's wines. But the recent run of wines has been wonderful. Some of these I tasted at the NY Drinks NY at the Rainbow Room and others I tasted elsewhere.

I have a tremendous amount of respect for Rich, he has been a winemaker on the island for many years, and he's been at the forefront of a number of different fronts, most noticeably in creating the region's AVA and the sustainable movement. That said, he makes tremendous wines.

Bedell Gallery 2017 is a blend of whites 57% Chardonnay, 26% Viognier, 17% Sauvignon Blanc  Wonderful tropical fruits, a big does of minerality and wonderful acidity. I thought this was an extremely lovely wine. 

Bedell Blanc de Blancs 2015 is a 100% Chardonnay sparkling wine. With a big nose of yeast and bread that explodes with ripe apples and pears, with tropical notes, and a lovely, creamy finish. Fine bubbles. A lovely, lovely sparkling wine.

The Bedell Albarino 2018 was spectacular. A lovely saline and fruit combination with incredible zippy-ness. Their first single bottling of this variety I believe. I loved it!

The Bedell Cabernet Franc 2016 was a big, dark, ripe dry red wine. Big dark raspberries, plum, and cassis, velvety and complex, hints of graphite, with a lovely finish. Very very impressive.

The Bedell Malbec 2017 was the crescendo of the tasting of these wines. Big, dark cassis and plum and prune, and stewed dark berries, gave way to a smoothness and rich supple finish.

There's nothing else, but to be impressed by Bedell Cellars.