Located in North New Jersey Old York Cellars, “What Exit Wines” were featured on a Virtual Vines tasting I participated in. What Exit Wines is their secondary label that they created around the time Sandy hit New Jersey. They were actually processing the grapes for these wines (with generators) during Sandy and faced many challenges. They decided that this was the label that was going to give back and they now donate a portion of proceeds from this wine to New Jersey Charities. This tasting benefited Hometown Hero of which they raised I believe (don’t quote me on it) $300 that evening.
What Exit White is a blend of Chenin Blanc and Cayuga White. Aromas of melon, peach a hint of barnyard (that did dissipate) lead the way to flavors of grapefruit and honey with a slight bitter taste on the finish. We did pair this with New Jersey Blue Claw Crabs, but as we were cleaning up the appetizers which was a Cilantro-Jalapeno dip the wine really brought out the spiciness of the dip. SRP $18
What Exit Blush – A Rose blend of Chenin Blanc, Cayuga and Cabernet Sauvignon with 1% residual sugar. Hints of berry on the nose with slight strawberry, berry and honey on the palate with some minerality. SRP $18
What Exit Red, a blend of 60% Barbera and 40% Merlot and aged in American oak. It showed aromas of blackberry and plum. It had a very smooth mouth feel with hardly any tannins. It showed flavors of black currant with hints of prunes. We paired this selection with lamb burgers. SRP $18
If you are wondering, I’m Exit 0.