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.