Archive for September 9th, 2008

Finger Lakes Reds Rated Good to Very Good in October Wine Enthusiast

So when you think about the wines of the Finger Lakes, do you automatically think of Riesling? Of course, the region is most famous for its white wines, and now the producers here are receiving increasing acclaim for their red varietals as well.

The October issue of Wine Enthusiast includes reviews of fifteen wines of the Finger Lakes, thirteen of which are Finger Lakes reds, in the monthly section “The Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide” . The wines that were reviewed include:

87 Chateau Lafayette Reneau 2005 Owner’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

87 Dr. Konstantin Frank 2006 Dry Rose

87 Red Newt Cellars 2005 Cabernet Franc

86 Damiani 2006 Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon

86 Sheldrake Point 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon

86 Swedish Hill 2005 Optimus

85 Goose Watch 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

85 Keuka Springs 2005 Epic Reserve

85 Treleaven 2006 EIS Lake Harvest Riesling

84 Anthony Road 2006 Cabernet Franc / Lemberger

84 Atwater 2005 Red Table Wine

84 Bellangelo 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon

84 Billsboro 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon

84 McGregor 2005 Black Russian Red

84 Shaw NV Keuka Hill Reserve Red Table Wine

The review of Chateau Lafayette Reneau stands out for the winery’s distinction as having a reputation for elegant wine and could be one to look to for more quality reds in the future. Overall, this is real progress for the region, on its way to establishing a solid presence within the top consumer wine publications that are so often looked to for a stamp of approval, both by wine consumers, distributors and those in the direct-to-trade circuit.

Several wines from Long Island were also included and rated at 86. Bully Hill NV Ravat 51 received a rating of 84 and designation as a Wine Enthusiast Best Buy.