The beginning of May I participated in a Finger Lakes Wine Country white wine tasting in celebration of Finger Lakes Wine Month. It’s always a pleasure to be included in these tastings. We tasted 8 wines in all.
To give you a taste of the Finger Lakes wines I’m going to give you a little info on the winery so you have a bit of background and then the tasting notes. We’ll go in the order we tasted, so you can get a feel of how the tasting went.
Swedish Hill Winery In 1969 the Peterson Family planted their first vines. The began selling grapes to other local wineries and in 1985 began crushing and producing for themselves. First production was 1,200 cases. Now in their third generation they produce over 60,000 cases of wine annually and own Goose Watch and Penguin Bay as well as Swedish Hill.
- 2012 Swedish Hill Reserve Chardonnay – Beautiful aromas of lemon curd with pineapple with hints of vanilla and butter. Palate is smooth and creamy with lemon on the finish
- SRP $16
- 2012 Knapp Barrel Reserve Chardonnay – A bit of orange rind on the nose. Much lighter on the palate than the Swedish Hill. The palate is filled with pear, a bit of green apple and some lemon and lime.
- Lakewood Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay – Aromas of stone and passion fruit coming from the glass. I get a bit of Morning Glory as well. As the wine warms up there is some serious oak on the nose with butterscotch. The palate shows some serious oak that soft hints of the fruit. You can make out the stone fruit with a coconut finish.
- 2012 Hector Wine Company Gewurztraminer – This is a dry Gewurztraminer. It saw and extended 48 hour cold soak prior to fermentation to achieve better flavor from extraction. That is where you get the aromatic and flavor profiles such as the lychee and spice
- Lychee is what I say…strong lychee aromas fill the glass along with some jasmine and a hint of citrus. Pineapple and some lemon on the palate and nice acidity. Nice sharp spice on the finish.
- 2012 Dr Frank Gewurztraminer – Soft aromas of orange blossom and citrus. High acidity with a little residual sugar balances it out. A touch of honey on the palate.
- 2012 Tango Oaks Vineyard Riesling – Sourced fro the Tango Oaks Vineyard owned by Fred Wickham. This vineyard is dominated by gravel and little loam as a result of a major flood in 1934 that deposited a bunch of stone on the site. The grapes are some of the only Alsatian clone Riesling in the region.
- A bit of petrol on the nose (due to a warm growing season) with aromas of nectarine, lime and green tea showing through. Nice balance of acidity and minerality with flavors apricot and apple.
- 2012 round Rock Vineyard Riesling (Exclusive Singe Vineyard) Some petrol on the nose of this Riesling as well, a little wet basement with some notes of lemon. Serious green apple on palate. Sweetness is medium dry but has a nice balance between sweetness and acidity
- 2011 Boundary Breaks No. 198 – Reserve – Harvested at 23 brix, shows aromas of white peaches and oranges. Some flavors of peach and honey. Residual sugar clocked in at 5.7% and I felt the wine was a bit unbalanced. The sweetness overpowered it and took away from the flavor profile. sorry:(