Hearts & Hands is one of my favorite wineries on the Finger Lakes.  It’s actually on the East side of Cayuga Lake. They are a small boutique winery that produces around 2000 cases a year.  Those cases are of great quality and you can taste the TLC (tender loving care)  that goes into each bottle, from crafting of the wine to the glass closures.

Lately we’ve been digging through our wine cellar looking for older bottles to open.  This 2008 Hearts & Hands Pinot Noir was pulled.

The grapes for this wine were harvested on September 26 – October 2, 2008.  Fermented in 100% French Oak of which 27% was new.The wine was bottled September 29, 2009 and 251 cases were made.

The Pinot Noir was a tad brickish in color.  The aromas evaporating from the glass were strawberry marmalade with essences of vanilla. The palate was bursting with fresh strawberries, cloves and a hint of spice on the finish.

A wonderful wine from a wonderful winery!