Monday, August 19, 2013

Coyote Moon Winery La Crescent NV

In my last post I mentioned that one of the benefits I received from wine blogging is learning about many new grape varieties that I otherwise would have never knew.  This one was a complete surprise.  When I tasted this wine at the recent Finger Lakes Wine Festival, I had no idea that the name of the wine was actually a variety of grape.(La Crescent). It was only researching what exactly was the blend used to produce this wine that I learned of this grape.  The grape is very new,  developed at the University of Minnesota and introduced in 2002.  Since then, La Crescent propagation has increased rapidly in many of the Northern States. La Crescent is a very cold hearty grape with very high levels of natural sugars and acidity, and therefore lends itself to be finished as an off-dry or semi-sweet wine. Very reminiscent of Riesling.

As mentioned, my first taste of this wine was in July, when I stopped by the Coyote Moon Vineyards booth at the Wine Festival.  The Coyote Moon Vineyards is located in Northern New York near the St. Lawrence River and is a member of the Thousand Islands-Seaway Wine Trail.   
*A special source of pride, pleasure and distinction comes from the cold hardy or Northern Climate grapevines.  Marquette, Frontenac, Frontenac Gris, Frontenac Blanc, La Crescent and Brianna are Northern Climate grapes created by the University of Minnesota to grow in the colder climates.  Coyote Moon’s Northern Climate wines have been very well-received and garnered accolades across the country.  These wines are on the cutting edge of the wine world and opening taste buds, and wine drinkers, all over the world to a whole new type of wine.  The grapes themselves can survive -40 degrees Fahrenheit and harsh conditions making them perfectly suited for thriving in the Thousand Islands.  Northern Climate grapes combined with Coyote Moon’s terroir produce wines that cannot be tasted elsewhere. *Coyote Moon web site

I opened the Coyote Moon La Crescent NV ($15) for a light dinner of Italian subs. (heros, hoagies, po boys, grinders, torpedoes, depending on where you live). Color was a very light yellow with aromas of peach, apricot and magnolia. Found a little honey in the mouth with lemon, peach, pear and some violet like floral. Medium length semi-sweet finish with some citrus and hints of peach and apricot.. Wine held up nicely with the subs, but I think I would have rather had a beer. After the sandwiches, I relaxed watching the movie "42" and sipped on the La Crescent with a few light cheddar cheese bites. Very enjoyable and a wine that will pair very well with salmon, chicken or oriental. Unfortunately, you may be only able to find this wine at select shops in New York, between Albany and Rochester or on-line at the winery. It will be worth the search. Highly Recommended.

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