Vidal blanc, a French hybrid grape, is a grape that doesn't get enough respect (a problem many hybrids face) but it does particularly well in the cool climate of the Finger Lakes where it's winter hardiness makes it a somewhat safer choice than vinifera varieties. And, with flavors that are a bit riesling like, it fits right in with the aromatic whites that make the region so exciting.
And this is one of the best Vidals I've had, and certainly the best in recent memory.
Pale golden yellow in color, the nose features a burst of fresh pear and apple with lemon zest and subtle peach notes. The palate is straight forward with those same pear, apple and lemon zest flavors. Instead of peach, there are light hints dried apricot. There is a light sweetness but racy, electric acidity more than balances it. The finish is surprisingly long with more lemon zest and white flowers.
It's simple, but delicious and extremely refreshing.
Grape(s): 100% Vidal blanc
Producer: Atwater Estate Vineyards
AVA: Finger Lakes
Rating: (3 out of 5 | Recommended)