By JIM TREZISE
New York Wine & Grape Foundation
“If I proclaimed that the most exciting red wines in the United States come from New York State, would you believe me?”
That’s how Anna Lee Iijima of Wine Enthusiast began her breakthrough analysis and review of the evolution of red wines on Long Island, in the Finger Lakes and the Hudson Valley. Her piece is the equivalent for New York reds that Wine Enthusiast’s selection of New York State as Wine Region of the Year in 2015 was, recognizing the “30-year overnight success.”
The article is artfully constructed, blending terroir-focused background with winemaker interviews and reviews of the major varietials, featuring lots of scores of 90 and above.
** Paumanok Vineyards 2010 Tuthills Lane (94)
** Harbes 2014 Proprietors Reserve Hallock Lane (93)
** Wolffer 2012 The Grapes of Roth (93)
** Forge Cellars 2014 Les Allies (92)
** Millbrook 2013 Block Five East (91)
** N. Kendall 2013 Pinot Noir (91)
** Hermann J. Wiemer 2014 Magdalena Vineyard (93)
** McCall 2012 Reserve (93)
** Shaw 2010 Reserve (93)
** Raphael 2013 Reserve (92)
** McGregor 2012 Reserve (91)
** Damiani 2012 (90)
It is truly striking that this selection of fabulous reds includes 12 different wines from 12 different wineries in three different regions, demonstrating quality across the board. While Long Island has traditionally been New York’s “red region,” and still makes wonderful wines, other regions are following suit.
Case in point: The past two years at our New York Wine & Food Classic competition, the Governor’s Cup for “Best of Show” was awarded to Finger Lakes red wines.
New York’s red revolution is also significant because truly great wine regions have to show superb quality in reds as well as whites. And now we do!