Posts Written OnJanuary 04, 2005

Tasting Notes: 2000 Gray Ghost Cabernet Sauvignon (VA)

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Gray Ghost Vineyards, a small family owned and operated winery, is located in Amissville, Virginia, and was named "Best of the East" by Vineyard and Winery Management magazine. They grow and make wines from noble varieties like this Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, but also craft wines from Seyval Blanc and Vidal Blanc (including a late harvest Vidal Blanc that I’m interested in) This is the first time I’ve tried any of their wines but with the interstate shipment ban potentially being lifted this year, I’m always looking for new finds. Gray Ghost Vineyards’ 2000 Cabernet Sauvingnon was fermented in stainless…

Tasting Notes: 2003 Peconic Bay Winery Steel Fermented Chardonnay

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The more I taste Peconic Bay Winery’s wines, the more I like them. While they aren’t as complex or ‘interesting’ as those made by some other producers, they are consistently tasty and usually much more affordable as every day wines than many L.I. wines. I think they do a particularly good job with whites, with a couple different Chardonnays, two styles of Riesling and a blend of both grapes, their Local Flavor White. This Chardonnay is billed by the winery as having: "…fresh, forward fruitiness and appetite-whetting finish lend an enticing, elegant simplicity to this steel fermented Chardonnay. The malo-lactic…

Tasting Notes: 2002 Spencer Roloson Viognier

Viognier. I first heard about this (at the time) relatively unknown grape years ago when my aunt (whose name is Pam by the way) read somewhere that it would be "the next big white" and passed along the information. Long Island doens’t have many, though one of them, from Bedell Cellars, is good. Other than that, I’ve only tasted a couple in passing, which is why I asked Alder at Vinography to suggest some of the best he’s had so that I can introduce myself to the grape a bit. Haven’t bought them yet, but I will. Nena and I…