FLX Winery Spotlight - Point of the Bluff Vineyards

POB Vineyards FLX Winery

Point of the Bluff Vineyards has been around since 2008. They offer award-winning wines with a specialty in producing Old World style Rieslings in a beautiful setting overlooking Keuka Lake on the south-western side of the lake in Hammondsport. The boutique-style of the winery allows the winemaker, Mike Countryman, with more than 20 years of experience, to be intimately involved in every aspect of the process from plantings at their Keuka Park/Keuka Lake vineyards to bottling. The most notable reviewed are the 2018 Cabernet Franc, 2018 Blaufrankisch, 2016 Pinot Noir, 2015 and 2016 Dry Riesling, and 2017 Rooftop Reds Riesling and "Hangar 17" line of canned wines and 'Rooftop Reds" series with a neat NY cityscape on tthe label. I will not be reviewing these wines because they are older vintages, but will be highlighting current vintages of Riesling, Pinot Noir, Dry Rose, Sparkling Rose (yummy), and very interesting four grape Red Blend called "Sweater Weather" using grapes which are rarely used together that is perfect for the winter season.

POB offers two exclusive wine clubs – annual or monthly wine subscriptions. Whichever subscription you choose, you can have wines shipped for $5 flat rate, or if you are local, you can pick up for free at the monthly pickup events. Right now, they have cool wine bundle and case specials along with purchasing gift cards in every dollar amount. Visit - https://www.pointofthebluffvineyards.com/buy-direct for more info on shipping and full lineup of wines and check for events on their facebook page. They also hold socially distanced and masked music events in a spacious, rustic, and beautiful space outside under a heated tent. Check out POB virtual food/wine pairing events as well. Live music this weekend from 12:30-4:30 if you're looking something to do and have fun before the stress and hustle and bustle of holiday gatherings. See their facebook page for more details!

 

"WINES" -

 

2019 Point of the Bluff Rooftop Reds Series Dry Rose

100% Cabernet Franc. A pale salmon colored rosé made from Cabernet Franc with candied watermelon and under ripe strawberry on the nose and palate. A very dry and light bodied wine in the French Provence-style of rose with very noticeable cool-climate acidity and minerality. Well balanced enough for the dryness level to not be overpowering. Rose for all seasons.

 

2019 Point of the Bluff Rooftop Reds Series Sparkling Rose

100% Cabernet Franc. Definitive aromas of juicy watermelon and subtle yellow peaches, which leads to flavors of tart underripe cranberry and lush, effervescent strawberry. Very fruit-forward and food-friendly bubbly that screams celebration, holidays, and drink me with friends. 

 

2017 Point of the Bluff Pinot Noir

Their last estate vintage of Pinot Noir for the near future. Benefiting from a unique growing site, this Pinot Noir reaches ripeness that is rarely seen in the Finger Lakes. The nose is full of stewed cranberry, strawberry jam, autumn leaves, wild mushrooms, and fresh red fruit cherry without all the jamminess. A delicate use of neutral French oak imparts some vanilla and spice on the palate, but still maintains it's light body. Aged in French oak for 12-18 months with barrels being a mix of new and old. POB historically produces highly-rated Pinots.

 

2016 Point of the Bluff Dry Riesling

Aromas of some petrol creeping for this '16 with a backbone of some dried flowers, leftover pineapple, and guava. Flavors of fresh white peach, apricot, and green apple with an underlying minerality. Minerality is prominent throughout the palate and finish. A bone-dry wine with a strong acidic, drying, and considerably long finish that lingers. I really like the flavor profile on this one and find it to be a differentiator among other FLX Rieslings I've tasted. Grab it now because it sells out. 

 

2015 Point of the Bluff Reserve Riesling

Hand-picked fruit from various plots of two estate vineyards, 2015 vintage was fresh and more defined than recent previous vintages leading reserve quality.

The wine has a pale straw color with notes of petrol that smacks you in the face and citrus notes, like grapefruit, lime, and lemon and a glimmer of pineapple and white flower on the nose. The palate starts with notes of sour apple and tangerinecontinues with a creamy and textured lemon curd and peel with persistent minerality and ends with soft acidity. Very dry at 0.2 RS. You know I’m an aged Riesling fan so this is right in my wheelhouse. 

 

2019 Point of the Bluff Rooftop Reds Series NV Sweater Weather

A lovely four grape red blend comprised of Syrah, Blaufrankisch, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged inFrench oak for a minimum of 18 months (being non vintage, some wine will have been in oak for longer, and the blend will be slightly different for each release) offers up a nose of dried fruit and herbs, fig jam, and cooked plums. Wild blackberries and fresh ripe plum on the palate with supple, youthful tannins and above-average acidity taking on aged traits of a red with the Merlot and Blaufrankisch profiles standing out and dominating. Hold till 2022 at the earliest unless you like youthful reds with peak beyond 2023.

 

 

Cheers,

Michael