By Lenn Thompson, Editor-in-Chief
Today I'm happy to announce our New York Cork Club selections for May: Shinn Estate Vineyards 2009 Coalescence and Standing Stone Vineyards 2008 Riesling Ice.
Before I say a bit about the two wines, you can read about the NYCC if you'd like, but the quick and dirty of it is that we've partnered with BacchusWineOnline.com to build a wine club that features only wines made in New York -- making more accessible to people around the country.
The Shinn Coalescence is one of the state's great white wine values. It's a steel-fermented blend of chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, riesling and merlot blanc that is intensely citrusy on the nose with subtle minerally seawater character and herbaceous notes. Lithe on the palate, lime and grapefruit flavors lead the way and are accented by lemongrass and well-integrated, juicy acidity. More of that saline minerality comes back again on the tangy, quinine finish.
There are some outstanding dessert/ice/late harvest wines being made in the Finger Lakes, but I'm not sure any of them delivers the bang for the buck that this Standing Stone does. Though not a traditionally made ice wine (the grapes are harvested late and then frozen commercially) it For $25 (at the winery) it delivers great honeyed citrus and peach flavors with great mouthfeel and acidity.
I'm proud of what we're building with the NYCC and I encourage you to give it a shot. You can sign up for a month or for a year and cancel at any time. And while the price varies from month-to-month depending on the wines selected, we always keep it under $60 and often far less. I don't make a dime from the project -- it's all about my passion of New York wines and getting them in the hands of more people.
Interesting in signing up? You can do so on the Bacchus website.