Heron Hill Winery 2010 Reserve Blaufrankisch

Posted April 8, 2013 by Lenn Thompson in Regions

With aromas of red cherries, cherry cough medicine and toasty, somewhat raw oak, the nose on the Heron Hill Winery 2010 Reserve Blaufrankisch ($40) only shows subtle hints of the peppery spice one typically expects with this variety.

Medium bodied with drying wood tannins and a bit too much oak character (which covers up some of the fruit and complexity) the palate does show more of that varietal black pepper spice. The finish is medium-length with red cherry, raspberries and vanilla oak.

On day two, it showed a bit more fruit on the palate, but not enough to balance overall. One of the higher-priced blaus in the state, it ultimately under-performs.

Producer: Heron Hill Winery
AVA: Finger Lakes
ABV: 13%
RS: .2%
TA: 5.3 g/l
pH: 3.56
Production: 84 cases
Price: $40*

(2 out of 5, Average)