I've been anxious to do a wine blog post based on requests from my fans and followers because I want to write "for the people" and what people are interested in. We have to bring back some democracy to this country, right! I am happy to announce that my wish came true. My beautiful friend Bambi is a wine lover and a big fan of FLX wines. More specifically, she likes to sit down and enjoy a "good" red when she is able. You see, Bambi is a busy mom who's time is precious. Her days and nights are spent taking care of her chiuldren so she deserves a break and what better way to unwind than to indulge in a local wine favorite. She is located in the heart of Finger Lakes off the eastern side of Seneca Lake not too far from Chateau Lafayette Reneau and Damiani Wine Cellars. Some of her favorite wines are from these wineries as well as from Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery off of Keuka Lake. Below you will find Bambi's favorite wines along with my reviews, ratings, tasting notes (mine and professional), and other misc info, such as specs, technical info, and history of those wines. I was not able to taste some of these due to availability, but I list them anyway with some info. I did add a couple wines that I love, which I feel would be great additions to your and Bambi's wine portfolio. Most are red wines with quite a few being red blends, but also one of Bambi's favorite Rieslings, which is lovely. Enjoy!
Please let me know if you would like to be featured on a blog post. As I mentioned earlier, I want to do content that appeals to everyone and is a source of education for wine shopping and drinking. Disclaimer - I specialize in FLX wines, but have advanced knowledge and experience with Old World wines from France, Italy, and Spain and New World wines from South Africa, Chile, and Argentina...Cheers, Michael
Chateau Lafayette Reneau 2016 Semi-Dry Riesling
Strong aromas of stone fruit, like peach, and tropical fruit, like mango that lead to a surprising medium-bodied finish on the palate. The tropical-fruit flavors with pineapple standing out dominate followed by bright and tangy acidity on the finish that lingers more than most cool-climate Rieslings. 88 pts WE
Steely lime, green fruit of fresh apple and white flower aromas start out this vintage. Juicy fruit flavor hit the palate with more green fruit but this time more like unripe pear and citrus lime follow through mid-palate. The finish is shorter in the 2017, but cleaner than the 2016 without the crisp acidity. 89 pts WE
Dr. Konstantin Frank 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
Seductive complexity in black fruit scents, a hint of forest-like dried herbs, and a touch of leather and cedar spice. Earthy tannins are grippy and ground the fruitiness, textured, and providing a strong foundation for the fresh, mouthwatering black fruit.
80% Seneca/20% Keuka Estate. 18 Months in 2-4 Year Old French Oak.
Dr. Konstantin Frank Old Vines Pinot Noir 2017 & 2018
2017 vintage - Aromas of fresh cherries, earthy roots and peppery spice carry the nose due to sourcing from vineyards on Keuka Lake. Light-bodied with tart cherry and currant flavors further alongside constant acidity. Angostura bitter notes arises on the midpalate (think Manhattan or Old-Fashioned) and resolves into the smooth, silky tannins on the finish. 90 pts WE
Pinot Noir planted on Keuka vineyard were planted in 1958, 1974, 1981, and 1986. These are some of the oldest Pinot Noir vines in the Finger Lakes. Vineyards on Keuka are shallow, shale-based soils which adds minerality, acidity, and elegance. Seneca vineyard is located in the warmest meso-climate in the Finger Lakes known as the ‘Banana Belt’. Pinot Noir was planted here in 2016. Temperatures here are a few degrees warmer than Keuka thus providing riper fruit notes. Soils on Seneca are characterized by deep honeoye silt loam.
60% Keuka Estate, 40% Seneca Estate. 18 Months in 2-4 Year Old French Oak.
Anthony Road Devonian Red Blend NV
55% Cab Franc/31% Pinot Noir/14% Lemberger, RS 2.0 (high for a red)
Light colored and medium-bodied. Sweet aromas and flavors of many red fruits, such as red plums, red cherries, trawberries, and raspberries that lead to a significant licorice finish and very noticeable and bright acidity. So light and versatile that it can be paired with many different types of food and appeals to the non-red drinker. Very fruit-forward !
Recommended - Damiani Wine Cellars 2019 Cabernet Franc
Aged for 9 months in 20% 1-3 year old and 80% neutral French oak barrels. Unfined & Unfiltered
Young. Dark berry and fruit scents of boysenberry, brambleberry and plum mingle with soft oak. Bright and balanced, structured tannins immediately make you want to age this a few more years. Baking spice and notes of cocoa and vanilla follow with berry notes of raspberry and brambleberry on mid-palate. A finish of bitter tea leaves and young tannins.
Barry Family Cellars 2017 Four-Track Demo
60% co-ferment of Blaufrankisch (41%), Merlot (33%), Cabernet Franc (21%), and Cabernet Sauvignon (5%) = Four-Track sourced from vineyards all over the FLX. Lots of red berries, sweet raspberry and cherry. The whole cluster fermentation adds a savory herb note to the wine. Tangy bright fruit and cherry rush, but ends with a soft texture. The wine is playful and ready to drink. A fantastic, fun and “drink now” red and one of my favorites. Can be described as “bistro” red. Get it while you can – only 215 cases produced.
Highly Recommended (something outside the box) - Damiani Wine Cellars 2018 Sole e Terra
Blend: 45% Pinot Noir, 30% Lemberger, 25% Saperavi
Aged for 9 months in a combination of older French & balance in neutral oak barrels.
85% East side of Seneca Lake/15% West side of Cayuga Lake
Aromas of beef roast and black and red cherries tempt the nose. The palate is filled with black currant, strawberry and a hint of cedar. You are introduced with the gentle silkiness of the Pinot, however the finish lasts and lasts with the Saperavi clinging to the back and sides of your tongue. All is braced with grippy tannins