One of the surprise I had at TasteCamp was at the Seneca Lake Wine Tasting at Fox Run Vineyards. Glenora Wine Cellars was participating and I almost walked by their barrel. A few years ago – well, like 6 years ago we did a tasting at the winery and had dinner at the restaurant. We weren’t impressed. Honestly, I haven’t tasted their wines since. Even though I see them at the Hudson Valley Wine Fest, I walk by. Really an oversight on my part and one should NOT behave like that. It could have been a bad growing season I tasted 6 years ago.
In any event, I did hesitate for a minute, but thought I needed to give them another try. Boy was I amazed on how the quality of their wine has improved.
The two wines I tasted were the 2009 Pinot Blanc and 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Mason Vineyard.
2009 Pino Blanc had a bouquet of pears with a hint vanilla which was from being barrel fermented. It was in the oak just enough to give it a nice soft balance. On the taste was soft pears with citrus mid palate. This was a nice dry wine with .35% of residual sugar which is not very much. This is a nice summer wine and they only produced 243 cases.
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mason Vineyard – 2007 was the exceptional year for growing grapes and cabernet sauvignon is one of the last varietals to ripen. There was strong blackcherry on the nose. The wine had a nice balance of tannins with flavors of blackcurrant and blackcherry and hint of vanilla on the finish..