Besides a great view, Benmarl Winery is really coming into its own.  I recently had their 2010 New York State Slate Hill Red and was pleasantly surprise how well I enjoyed it.  Maybe it was because I didn’t have any expectations before I opened the bottle.

In the glass I found a lightly bright red wine with aromas of plum and a little smoke.  The palate was filled with black fruit and candied cherry.  Towards the mid palate there was a subtle hint of soft black pepper and the wine finished with delicate raspberry touch.

The wine is a blend of 45% Merlot,  40% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petite Verdot and 5% Malbac.  It was aged 20% in oak and 80% in stainless steel.

I served this wine with Kiernan Farms Beef Sausage and peppers and it was a great pairing.

This wine sells for $18.99 in the tasting room.  I was recently at McArthur’s Wines & Liquors in Hyde Park and noticed this wine on display.  You can pick it up there as well.