Another super interesting wine by Deirdre Heikin. This blend is 90% Marquette and 10% La Crescent. Two northern american grape variety and the wine shows that non vitis vinifera varieties can make very good wine. The nose is a bit foxy at first, and the taste is then very interesting, good acidity level, slightly sour, notes of herbs and berries but still very round. This profiles definitely reminds me of alpine wines such as Mondeuse or even l’Etraire de la Dui, although these are vitis vinifera.
Sign of a real good wine: this bottle only got better on day 2 and 3...
Great job by pionneer La Garagista! — 10 months ago
This, my first wine from Virginia was very impressive. I find it interesting to think about how Thomas Jefferson failed at propgating any of the 24 vinifera varieties he brought home to Monticello and also how wine wasn't really on the map when I lived in VA for a decade in the 1990s. A wonderful, perfectly balanced, delicious VA wine can now truly await you. Will keep my eyes open for more greats from VA. — 3 years ago
Aromas of plums and raspberries. Peppery and jammy with a burst to the roof of your mouth plum dryness in the middle. Soft jammy finish. — 5 years ago
Super oxidative, Vinifera using Flor. Basically, Hungarian Vin Jaune. — 5 years ago
Saw this recently in the store and it made me realize just how long it been since I’d had anything from the Finger Lakes, let alone a sparkling.
This 2013 is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & Meunier and was disgorged in October of 2018.
The nose reveals; green & golden apple, pear, ripe pineapple, lemon, lime flesh, white peach, tropical melons, vanilla notes, cream soda, nougat, butterscotch notes, honeysuckle, saline, smooth, soft chalkiness, volcanic minerality, fruit blossoms, yellow florals & spring flowers with mixed greens.
Good mouthfeel, nice mousse with just the right amount of richness. Green & golden apple, just a touch of apple cider, slightly, bruised pear, ripe pineapple, lemon, lime flesh, white peach, tropical melons, vanilla notes, cream soda, nougat, butterscotch notes, understated white spice, honeysuckle, saline, smooth, soft chalkiness, gritty volcanic minerality, fruit blossoms, yellow florals & spring flowers with mixed greens. Nice acidy for sparkling. The finish is well balanced & smartly polished, sliding into penetrating, heated, white spice as it long sets.
Delicious sparking wine.
Dr, Konstantin Frank was the 1st to plant Vinifera vines in the Eastern United States. Vinifera vines are the only vines used to make quality wine.
Photos of; Dr. Konstantinos Frank Winery & tasting room. Signage for many visitors photos, Fred Frank in the barrel room & Sunset over their vines. — a year ago
Anise, Red Berries, Confectioners Chocolate
, Complex, It,s like Fabio takes control of your mind tongue and turns it into lavender flowers. — 5 years ago
Rkatsiteli is an old grape. Extremely old. It’s mainspring was Georgia and is worth knowing just how flexible and “survivable” these vines have been.
Here’s a cherry that O found on Wiki:
“This ancient vinifera originates in Georgia and is one of the oldest grape varieties. In Georgia, clay vessels were found with seeds of Rkatsiteli grapes which date back to 3000 BC.”
The color is a lemony bit of gold. The nose is bright and laced with melon and touches of peach. The body is a rush of refreshing acidity that round out on the palate in a “zesty fashion” which stamps those refreshing flavors in the back of your mind. — a year ago
Had a 97 Coulee Serrant earlier this year that ended up being so close to this in a holistic sense; that inescapable electricity on the palette and such a complex nose that could easily be mistaken for a shy nature of unripe fruit. It’s obvious why this is a premier Cru monopole that gets its own cute little label design in such a large wine-making house as Drouhin. Truly a special plot firing like proper vinifera nerve endings on planet earth should. Some may think this is subtle. This takes space and depth as the taster to allow this to sink deeply.👌🏼 thanks Wally wine for redeeming itself on this and Bachelet 05 aligote. These two whites have been some of the highlights of my recent wine experiences. — 3 years ago