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#WBC15 Tinder Wine Session #2

I’m pretty sure Mykha’el and I sat at the same place for our second round and we were still relatively pretty empty for a table (which was awesome) but this time we were also with fellow wine baes Brianne and Cory.

Standing Stone 2013 Saperavi (Finger Lakes, New York) $30
Deep purple. Lots of compelling dark berry fruit and some plum. Peppery and bunch with a curvy body and soft structure. Fruity depth and very satisfying. “My Boxer” by Oh Land? Apparently the only winery in the Finger Lakes that does a Saperavi.

Fox Run 2012 Lemberger (Finger Lakes, New York) $21
Stinky, perhaps a bit reductive. Peppery with blackberry and brown spices. Echoes flavours on the palate with a dark and shadowy finish. Notably slightly lower in acid that other Lemberger wines I’ve tried thus far.

J.R. Dill 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Seneca Lake, Finger Lakes, New York) $15
Mostly cassis, white pepper, dried herbs, and vibrations. Bright with sweet fruit that spills over the sparse and soft tannins. Plush.

Ventosa 2011 Cabernet Franc (Seneca Lake, Finger Lakes, New York) $27
Plush with lots of dark fruit, cola, and stemmy herbs. Sweet fruit balanced by the ripe but prominent tannins. Though it’s lived in fairly neutral French oak for 3 years, I’m getting lots of vanilla and caramel.

Damiani 2012 Cabernet Franc Barrel Select (Finger Lakes, New York) $43
More timid on the nose and being more expressive on the palate with earth, spice, black fruit, and a hint of herbaceousness. Brawny and powdery tannin.

Lamoreaux Landing 2013 “T23” Cabernet Franc (Finger Lakes, New York) $20
A refreshing contrast example of Finger Lakes Cabernet Franc unbathed in oak. Sparkling purity of raspberries, cranberries, with hints of earth. Supple but concentrated and juicy. The balanced structure adds substance.

Hazlitt 1852 “Schooner Red” International Red Blend (64% Argentina; 36% Finger Lakes, New York) $14
64% Malbec, 28% Cabernet Franc, 8% Merlot. Huh. Punchy dried fruit, candy, fruitcake, with maybe a bit of leather? A bit too structureless and juicy for me.

Idol Ridge “Sparkle” Rosé (New York) $18
100% Noirette. Jammy strawberry syrup on the nose. Fair amount of cloying sweetness. Fun and frivolous but $18 is much more than I’d like to ever pay. Carbonation rather than tank method or otherwise.

Swedish Hill 2012 Cabernet Franc Lemberger (Finger Lakes, New York) $16
60% Cabernet Franc, 40% Lemberger. Ripe black cherries and cola. Velvety black fruits on the palate; ripe and round; moderately soft tannin. Some oak. Pleasant but slightly shadowed by everything else in the flight, maybe?

Americana Vineyards Baco Noir (Finger Lakes, New York) $16
Shy and grapey nose; sweet fruit on the palate that transitions into a bit of balsamic. Fine, loose tannin and just a hint of sourness. Not into it.


DipWSET, Certified Sommelier, garbage person.

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