Hudson-Chatham Winery 2015 North Creek Vineyard Estate Chelois

90 points

Made from 100% Chelois -- a little-known hybrid variety that Hudson-Chatham winemaker Steve Casscles favors -- this ruby red is dominated aromas of just-pitted cherries with fainter notes of savory, woodsy spices and dried autumn leaves. Juicy and fresh, it's lighter bodied but bursts with pure cherry and cranberry fruit flavors and more layers of earthy, spicy nuances. Without any overt barrel footprint, this is a wine that really lets Chelois show off in all of its Pinot Noir-meets-Cabernet Franc-meets-Blaufrankisch glory. These wines can age for at least a few years in bottle, but I like them fresh. Drink now.

Producer: Hudson-Chatham Winery
Vineyard: North Creek Vineyard (estate)
Grapes: Chelois
 New York (the vineyard is outside the boundary of the Hudson River Region AVA)
ABV: 12%
Barrel Program: Nine months in one-third two-year, two-thirds neutral French oak
Price: $25

* Review sample provided by the winery

About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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