Sunday, November 10, 2013
Friday, November 08, 2013
HUDSON-CHATHAM FIELD STONE BACO NOIR 2011
The idea of Fieldstone Baco Noir was to make a wine that reflected the dirt directly. I had read an article Anne Zimmerman had written in San Francisco of a “Dirt Tasting” and simultaneously I had heard about this idea that Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon had attempted to dump crushed rock into his wine to give his wines more of a mineral driven finish.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
ODE TO AN ’87 DODGE DAKOTA
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.
- W.H. Auden, Funeral Blues
In the seven years-plus that we owned that truck, it moved the contents of our house, of my grandparents house, helped remove two giant piles of cut down trees (each the size of a two-story house), helped plant the vineyard, carried home new furniture, lugged countless barrels, bore thousands of loads of trash and construction debris to the transfer station, trudged with tons of dirt, gravel, and mulch, innumerable loads of lumber, and oh yeah, one spoiled Dalmatian that absolutely loved to sit in the passenger seat like she was my girlfriend.
There was nothing better than driving with our Dalmatian Cinderella, who loved the truck! She would sit right next to me like she was my girlfriend, with her head on my shoulder…immoveable. I would put a cup of water in the cup-holder on the passenger side, and she would drink from it. She loved going through the drive through to get a hamburger as well!
Saturday, October 19, 2013
New York Cork Report Raves About Hudson-Chatham Chelois 2011
Hudson-Chatham Winery 2011 Chelois
Hudson-Chatham Winery, located in Ghent, NY, has assumed a leadership position in the Hudson River Region AVA when it comes to focusing on quality versus tourism. There are other too, of course — places like Tousey Winery, Whitecliff Vineyard and Millbrook Winery — but what makes Hudson-Chatham unique is that owner Carlo DeVito and winemaker Steve Casscles are leading the region in quality primarily with hybrid grapes.
Hudson-Chatham is probably best known for its delicious and surprisingly age-worthy baco noir-based wines but one of the grape (and wine) that I find most interesting in the portfolio is chelois – a red wine grape only being grown by a few people (including Steve). Based on what I’ve tasted, the grape could have a real future in the Hudson Valley as well as other cool-to-cold climates.
Hudson-Chatham 2011 Chelois ($24) doesn’t quite stand up to the 2010 bottling, but it’s interesting none the less with its aromas of strawberry conserve, plum skin, red cherry and something slightly earthy and stemmy.
Medium-light in body — the mouthfeel reminds me of a middle-tier Beaujolais — the palate is fruity with strawberry and red cherry dominating. This is a lively, fresh wine where acidity is more prominent than tannin. There is a faint peppery note on the mid-palate but as the wine finishes in the mouth there is a stemmy/woody, slightly bitter flavor that is a bit rustic and makes this a wine best suited to the dinner
Producer: Hudson-Chatham Winery
AVA: Hudson River Region
Grapes: 100% Chelois