I’ve never been to Heron Hills Winery, up in the Finger Lakes Region of New York, but I have drank their wine. Some day I hope to make the drive up, but in the mean time, I’m here to write about four bottles–the ones in a box that were sent to my door–two rieslings (for which the region is known), a blended red, and a blended white. It’s a sample from a winery that also offers six Late Harvest Wines (including a Cab Franc) and one Icewine (made from hand picked frozen grapes).
The Eclipse Red Table Wine 2004 (sold for $13.99) is a blend of 35% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Franc, and 32% Cabernet Sauvignon. Ruby in color, with an orange tinged rim (due to oxidation with age) the Eclipse Red is an easy drinking, full bodied wine. Showing black fruits (black currant and berry, and plum) and vegetal notes, it’s got a silky texture with a lingering plum finish. The earthiness of the Cab Franc comes through, as does some tobacco, if it’s given time to open up in the glass.
Eclipse White 2004 ($15.99) is a blend containing 47% Chardonnay, 29% Pinot Blanc, and 24% Pinot Gris. Pale lemon in color, it’s quite aromatic, with lime, pear, and stony minerality on the nose, that flip 180 to reveal stone fruit on the palate. It’s a quaffable blend that’s not as acidic as one would expect, from grapes grown so far up north; one can definitely sense the oak that renders the wine a little chardonnay creamy, and not quite crisp.
Peach aromas rose from the glass, and peach settled in my mouth. Heron Hill Semi-Dry Riesling 2007 ($12.99). Don’t let the terms fool you. Semi-dry is actually quite sweet. There was a slight floral essence here, but I also sensed a touch of sulphur alongside light minerality. My husband, who has a sweet tooth, enjoyed this wine. But since I’m more of a savory gal, I was left wondering how it might pair with a spicy dish of Thai.
In my mouth and mind, the 2006 Ingle Vineyard Riesling ($) wasn’t much drier than the semi-dry, though it possesses only 1.76% sugar as opposed to 2.5%. Fruity on the nose and palate and slightly floral, this was another wine that Carlos enjoyed–my go-to man when I need another perspective on whatever I might be perceiving in a different light.
On a musical note, Putumayo World Music has a new CD–Italia–a fun collection of Italian singer-songwriters, including Giorgio Conte and Gianmaira Testa; a collection that the folks at Putumayo suggest might best accompany your next glass of wine. Tonight, I’m tapping my toes and using it to write.