Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Barrel Tasting 2011 Vintage at Whitecliff Vineyards

It doesn't happen often when I get invited to a winery to do some wine education but I take advantage any time I'm asked.  Michael & Yancey Migliore owners of Whitecliff Vineyards invited me and Paul over one Sunday afternoon for some barrel tasting of the 2011 vintage.

Notes from the tasting:

Traminette - Fabulous aroma and taste.  It's tasting really good! Low in acid
Riesling - Hudson Valley Riesling - very good, nice nose, acidity and flavor.  The mix of Finger Lakes and Long Island, not as good. Low acid and fruit flavors weren't there.
Vignoles from the Finger Lakes - good, citrusy. Vignoles from his vineyard was outside and unable to get to.
Petit Verdot - good as a blended grape, inky and plenty of tannins
Malbec - young and choppy, nice fruit and very aromatic.
Cab Franc - ok
Merlot - needs color
Cabernet Sauvignon - tasting good.
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