This blend of 50% vidal and 50% cayuga (grown on the east side of Seneca Lake) is a great example of what is possible with white hybrid blends. Robibero Family Vineyards 2012 “87 North” ($16) is citrusy on the nose — mainly grapefruit and lemon — with a bit of canary melon and citrus blossom.
Fruity and medium-light bodied, the palate is super-fresh with straight forward sweet melon and citrus flavors and spritzy acidity.
The finish is a bit abrupt and shows a bit of pithy bitterness, this is a fun summer wine. If it were $13 like it was in the past, it’d be a great value too.
Producer: Robibero Family Vineyards
AVA: New York (Finger Lakes fruit)
Grapes: 50% vidal, 50% cayuga
(3 out of 5, Very good/Recommended)