Friday, September 11, 2009

EMPIRE Reserve 2007

Empire is a unique reserve meritage. It is the first New York State “Super Blend” being made up of signature grapes from three of New York’s most accomplished wine regions. This historic wine is one-third Merlot grown on the North Fork of Long Island. It is also one-third Cabernet Franc, the most popular growing red varietal of the Finger Lakes Region. And the final one-third is Baco Noir fast becoming the most well-known red grape in the Hudson Valley.

The wine was made and blended at Hudson-Chatham Winery. Two thirds of the blend was stored in French oak and one third was stored in American oak for approximately 16 months. The lots were then blended and stored in stainless steel before being bottled. The wine was then bottle aged for six months.

The result is a fruit forward, medium-bodied ruby red. Vanilla, raspberry, plum, and other red fruits are bountiful on the nose. The plum comes through as promised, along with the raspberry, and other spices. Beautifully hand crafted, the wine shows an exceptional balance between fruit, acidity, and tannins.


Blogger jgriffin said...

This chardonnay had a brilliant clear golden color.On the nose I first noticed lemon, tropical citrus and honeysuckle. Medium bodied with silky refined tannins. A nice noticeable texture.It had a lingering rich finish of toasted oak with a hint of buttery nut.I like to drink wine with Cuban cigars,the Best Cigars in the world.

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