Monday, June 8, 2009

Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Heron Hill Eclipse 2004

I have no idea what occurred between the early 1980's and present in the case of New York Finger Lakes red wines. I honestly tried many of them between 1973 when I moved into the region until, I gave up on them around 1980. After that, I basically stayed with my favorite European red wines. Last year, on the Cayuga Wine Trail, I finally found a few very nice reds and this past year discovered a new Finger Lakes winery that is producing some very excellent reds, the Damiani Wine Cellars.

At a recent night out, a very nice lady and I got into a conversation about local wines. Her favorite was a red table wine from Heron Hill Wines. Today, I found a bottle of Eclipse 2004 on the shelf of a local Mom and Pop shop and decided I should give it a try.

The wine is a bordeaux style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, but more of a medium body and a bit fruity. A nice cherry aroma with a little cranberry or mixed cran/blueberry. Light tannins, a little acidity and not overpowering. Monday nights are usually Pizza and wings at my house and this wine was a perfect match. Left a few glasses to sip on while I do my updates and enjoyed every bit.

Another real nice Finger Lakes red and at only $17,

Take it from an amateur wine lover: Great Buy!


The Wine Whore said...

I just tried the Damiani Cab that was just release and was very pleased! I have much to learn about Finger Lakes wine but this one sounds great!

Thank you for the great review and new selection!


joeshico said...

Randy: The Damiani Cab was the first one tried in the case I just recently received. The Pinot Noir 2007, Merlot 2007 and especially the Barrel Select Merlot 2007, all excellent.
Anxious to try more Heron Hills soon.

Heron Hill Winery said...

Great blog post Joe! The Eclipse Red is a favorite around here, the bottle design creates a lot of loyalty too. The next vintage will be a Meritage blend of Merlot and Cab Sauvignon (no Cab Franc). We're all eager to try it! Cheers, Kitty

virgo27 said...

thanks for the review. i will have to give it a taste.

Shelly said...

I just want to say that I lovethe label. Very cool. The wind sounds good too.

BTW, cheesy or not, I didn't want to leave you out, I gave you an award :) Come check it out.