Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Empire Red 2008 is here! Last year's historic release of the first New York state super-blend was a tremendous critical and popular success. Empire Red 2008 is an incredible step forward.

Like the previous vintage, Empire Red 2010 is 33% Cab Franc from the Finger Lakes, 33% Merlot from the North Fork of Long Island, and 33% Baco Noir from the Hudson Valley. The wines are made individually, and then the best lots are selected for this important portfolio wine. They are blended after one year's time. Then the wine is separated into three lots and separately aged in French oak, American oak, and stainless steel. The wine is then bottle aged six months. The result is a complex, mature wine of incredible depth.

2008 was a great growing season, and this new vintage has deeper and bigger flavors than our previous vintage. Flavors of cherry, plum, dark raspberry, and blackberry cme through as well as mocha, a whiff of vanilla, a little saddle leather, and Orange Pekoe tea. The flavors are varied, and each sip brings out yet another layer of flavor. A fascinating and exceptional blend.


Blogger Kathy said...

Can't wait to get me some of that! I've sent David out on a mission today.

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