Sunday, April 05, 2020
Good Stuff! Deerfoot Six Point 2016 (PA)
I was recently at Eastern Winery Exposition 2020 in Lancaster, PA. While there I had the opportunity to taste Deerfoot Winery from Pennsylvania. Deerfoot Farm has been the family business of Dan Brown's family for more than 70 years. The farm was given the name is 1947, when the family started out raising pigs and chickens. Since then, their family has had a dairy and raised produce. This is damn good sized working farm. Then son Dan Brown (and wife Jaime) got into the wine business. The winery is meant to be a quality boutique wine producer, making 300-500 cases per year. They also make a small quantity of quality mead.
Dan Brown pere is the farmer. Dan Brown fils is the winemaker. Dan fils wife is Jaime "the Boss."
Deerfoot Six Point 2016 is a big red reserve made from 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Chambourcin. This is their signature dry red blend. The recipe is different from the 2015 vintage as they have swapped in Chambourcin and deselected Petit Verdot. The blend still includes Cabernet Franc as the largest component but now with 40% Chambourcin. The wine is aged in oak.
I was skeptical, since I'd never heard of them before. When someone poured it for me, I didn't even ask to take a photo of the label. Who had the guts to be making a Cab Franc/Chambourcin in Pennsylvania? I looked for the spit bucket before I took my first swallow. Someone said something, something about something completely different, I answered the question, and started sipping the wine, immersed in conversion, before I finally shook my head, and thought to myself, "Wait a minute, what the hell am I drinking? This stuff is good!"
Deerfoot Six Point 2016 is a terrific effort. A really good wine from a very small, little known producer. But if you are lucky enough to come upon it, you are in for a treat! And if you got there, make sure to tell them I sent you!