Producer: Keuka Spring Vineyards
Region: Finger Lakes AVA
Blend: 100% vignoles
Barrel Program: 15% fermented in neutral oak
ABV: 12.4%
RS: 6%
Production: 489 cases
Price: $15

Keuka Spring Vineyards 2017 Vignoles

Keuka Spring Vineyards 2017 Vignoles

88 points

Vignoles, a hybrid that dates back to the 1930s, is incredibly versatile. This well-priced example from Keuka Spring Vineyards and winemaker August Deimel is on the sweeter side, but shows off the grape's characteristic electric acidity for balance. You can kind of think of it as an Auslese-style.

A punch of botrytis (15-20% of the fruit was affected) brings a lot of complexity to a melange of fruit aromas including peach, pineapple, passion fruit and apricot.

Sweet flavors of golden raisin, apricot and pineapple are balanced by a beam of acidity. It still drinks on the sweeter side, but finishes nearly dry because of that balancing acidity. Though not super complex, this is a wine with personality that has medium-length, sweet-and-tart finish.

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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 NewYorkCorkReport.com 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 TheCorkReport.us 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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