Thursday, January 21, 2010

Why Wine: Atwater Estate Vineyards Cabernet-Merlot 2007

Sometimes when you least expect it, you open what may becomes your new favorite bottle of wine. Tonight I opened one of my remaining bottles of Finger Lakes wine purchased at my last tour in December. An Atwater Estate Vineyards, Cabernet-Merlot 2007. A blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon and 47% Merlot. ($25)

The aromas were of plum and a hint of licorice, almost like a holiday fruit cake, without the spices. In the mouth, the taste was more mature than I thought it should be at it's young age, soft and mellow with a hint of chocolate.  The finish was like drinking a masterpiece of wine blending, long, smooth and dry.  Very early in the year to pick a favorite for 2010, but this one is way out in the lead.

Winemakers notes:
This dynamic duo combines the brawn of Cabernet Sauvignon and the suppleness of Merlot.  Harmonious notes of juicy plums and bittersweet cocoa, pair this wine with hearty cheeses and grilled steak.

I didn't have any steak, so I diced up some New York extra sharp cheddar and settled down in front of the TV and enjoyed an evening of college hoops and Finger Lakes wine.  Can't do much better than that.  So much so, at half time of game, I got on-line and ordered more Atwater Cab-Merlot and Syrah.

Atwater wines can be ordered here..

Residual Sugar:                                 0.1%
Alcohol:                                            13.0%
Acid:                                          .71g/100ml
pH:                                                    3.39
Cases Produced:    158


Shelly said...

That sounds really good...except the hoops part, lol. I'm going to have to try some of these Finger Lakes Wines you are always raving about and this one sounds quite delightful!

The Wine Whore said...

I like the blend and the level of alcohol in this wine... I bet that's what made it food friendly, and fun!


Morten Pedersen said...

This is what I had today:

Another da another wine.

joeshico said...

Shelly: The more I taste the more I find Finger Lakes wines to me as good as any US wines for many varities.
Randy: This one is very food friendly. A perfect way for NY Finger Lakes to be using the Cab/Sauv, a grape that still eludes perfection in our cold climate.
Morten: Just too many wines and not enough days to enjoy them all. This is one though, I will be enjoying several more times.

Catherine said...

That sounds like a really good bottle of wine. I think I'm going to try a bottle of Atwater wines.

Buy Wine UK said...

Ive tried this wine and i must say its one of the best!

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The scent of plum in a bottle of this Cabernet finishes down with smooth and dry notes.