Saturday, July 31, 2010

Treleaven Wines Meritage 2007

I don't often go with Shirley and Pam to the Saturday morning Central New York Regional Farmer's Market, but I made an exception today.  I was also out of bed early enough to tag along, which is unusual.  While there I let the girls buy up all the fruit and veggies along with some free range meat and eggs they wanted while I hunted around for some wine samples.  I did stop at one and tasted their 2007 Meritage.  Found it nice enough to take a bottle home and throw it in the wine fridge and wait for a day that I would be willing to open and try.  I say that because my luck has never been too good when tasting at a market or street fair and buying what I thought was an OK wine at the time.  It seems to be that the wine always is a bit different, no, a lot different than what I remembered.  But, I am almost out of a box Zin and I wanted to keep a glass or two for another week to check on it's freshness, so I decided to open up the Meritage tonight along with a grilled tenderloin steak being prepared by Pam.
A Treleaven Meritage 2007 produced and bottled by King Ferry Winery in King Ferry NY was exactly what was needed for the steak.
King Ferry Winery was founded in 1984. Peter Saltonstall is the head winemaker, and Tacie Saltonstall is the business manager. The winery now produces approximately 10,000 cases of wine per year. King Ferry owns 27 acres of vines near the winery, and purchases another 10 acres' worth of fruit from the North Fork of Long Island. The winery and tasting room is located on the East side of Cayuga Lake between Waterloo and Ithaca.

Winemakers notes:
A classic Bordeaux style blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon. Shades of garnet lead to aromas of newly oiled leather, clove, allspice & peppercorns. Solid characteristics with smoky tannins on the palate. 61% Cabernet Franc, 28% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon.

My notes:
Aroma's were all leather, maybe a little too much leather with some spice and a little cocoa.
Spicy but soft in the mouth with some fruit and berry and a nice dry and long finish.

The real leathery aroma's scared me a little, but the mouth feel and finish were excellent and was a perfect accompaniment for the grilled steak.  Priced right at $20, it's not a wine to pass up on.  If you're out grilling steaks or chicken give it try.  The Treleaven Meritage 2007, very enjoyable.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Boho Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel 2008 3L

I've been holding out on the wine reviews until everything gets back to normal after my surgery. At present, my Cardiologist has OK'd 3-4 oz. of wine per day and, for me, that just don't cut it.  I do cheat a bit and I also skip some evenings.  That means an open bottle may sit for over a week and the final few glasses may be a bit bitter or that much of what was a decent wine when opened gets thrown down the drain. That is what happened with the first bottles I opened.
I then decided to open a 3 litre box of Boho Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel that was sent to me from the Underdog Wine Merchants.  I have already tasted two of the Octavin Home Wine Bar artisan white wines and did review the Sauvignon Blanc from that collection and was looking forward to trying the Zin, but not necessarily writing a review.  I am doing so because it is now 14 days since my first taste and the wine, which is sitting out on my wine table (not kept chilled), may even be better now than two weeks ago.

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the PR folks representing the brand.
Winemakers Notes:
The grapes from the Oakley Old Zinfandel Vines provide the base for this wine.  Long hot days balanced by the cool San Francisco bay fog each night create the optimal environment to grow Zinfandel. Being from Old Vines, the yield from each harvest is naturally limited, which translates into intense fruit flavors. Combining cool fermentation and American oak barrel aging techniques creates a versatile wine that delivers plum jam flavors, with spice and dry herb notes from the American oak, and food-friendly alcohol levels that deliver a firm but not over-powering finish.

My Notes:
Aromas of dark plum, some dark cherry and an almost sweet smell, uncharacteristic of Zin, but pleasant on the nose. Lots of plum and dark fruit, spice and somewhat intense with a very smooth and long finish. A little lighter bodied than what I'm used to in Zin.

I have had this wine with chicken, salmon, talapia, trout, homemade pizza, pork, tenderloin steak and the small piece of chocolate cake I'm allowed throughout the past two weeks and found it enjoyable with every dish. If you're having the boss over for dinner, this may not be the wine you want to serve to make an impression, but for an everyday wine, it can't be beat.  Best of all is the price.  The suggested price for this 3L box wine is $23, but you can find on-line for as low as $18.  That is for 3 liters or four standard 750ml bottles. Even better is that the wine bag does not allow in air and this will keep your opened wine fresh for up to six weeks.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Finger Lakes Riesling Festival 2010

The second annual Finger Lakes Riesling Festival will take place on August 14-15  along Lakeshore Drive and Kershaw Park in Canandaigua, NY.  This year, you will be able to sample wines from more than 14 local producers.  In addition to great wines, there will be live entertainment, an arts and crafts marketplace, and a farmers market with outstanding local foods.  Other events include: 

• The Wegman's New York State Craft Beer Tent on Saturday, August 14. Festival-goers will have the chance to sample beer from local breweries in the Wine Garden while enjoying live entertainment.

• A Battle of The Bands Competition for local bands to participate in on Saturday, August 14. A prize package valued at $1,000 will be awarded to the winning band from Mobile Music in Canandaigua.

• Horse-drawn carriage rides up and down Lakeshore Drive (which will be closed to traffic) for the entire family to enjoy.

• A Classic Car Show on Sunday, August 15. Pre-registration is required and the entry fee is only $10.  Awards will be given for best in show.
Mark your calendars!!!  Come on out to the 2nd Annual Finger Lakes Riesling Festival on August 14-15 and taste some of the best US Rieslings, along with other entertainment for the entire family.  

*Thank you Corked Wine Blog for article