Atwater Estate Vineyards 2010 Moffett Block Blaufrankisch

Posted April 29, 2013 by Lenn Thompson in Regions

Some think that pinot noir is the future red wine star of the Finger Lakes — and that may be true. But for right now, I’ve been most impressed by the latest crop of Blaufrankisch-based wines I’ve tasted from the region, this Atwater Estate Vineyards 2010 “Moffett Block Blaufrankisch ($38) included.

The Moffett Block is ten rows (.7 acre) of blaufrankisch that was planted in 2006, and honors Bill Moffett who first planted wine grapes on the farm in the 1970s.

The nose oozes with black and blue fruit — plums, blackberries, black cherries and blueberries — along with subtle notes of dark roast coffee and earthy, woodsy spice.

Medium bodied with dark fruit flavors that are ripe and concentrated, the palate requires a little time in the glass (or a decanter or in your cellar) to unfurl — but once it does, there is more of that earthy spice and an intriguing minerally graphite note. Though on the lighter side in terms of tannins, there is a juicy, almost-crunchy acidic backbone here that focuses and drives the palate forward.

Producer: Atwater Estate Vineyards
AVA: Finger Lakes
ABV: 13%
RS: .2%
TA: 6.9 g/L
pH: 3.47
Oak Program: 11 months in Hungarian Oak
Production: 99 cases
Price: $38*

 (4 out of 5, Outstanding and Delicious, Highly Recommended)




    Thanks Lenn,

    We are proud to name our newest and humbly our best red wine in honor of Bill Moffett, who started our farm and then went on and founded Vineyard and Winery Management Magazine and the many industry competitions and trade shows they started. Bill lives here just down the road in Watkins Glen on Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes. He visits our winery on a regular basis and adds such a history and quality that makes our winery so special to all of us who work here.

    What a great review of our first “named block” wine, Bill deserves all our inspiration. As usual, we didn’t make enough!


    Now I REALLY want to try this wine!


    Truly a fantastic wine, and a great reminder that the one bottle I enjoyed has left me wanting more – a dangerous thing for a wine with such limited production. You can count on one fewer case in your inventory Ted, once I make it over to the other side of the lake.


    “This product can not be shipped to NJ”

    Whyever not?

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