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Awesome.

I am curious why, in the LI merlot category, there are a number of different vintages - '04, '05, '07s? and how does one take that into account when judging?

Gwen: To be eligible for the 2010 edition of this tasting, a wine must be released during the 2010 calendar year. As you well know, different wineries are at different places in their stock, thus the different vintages.

I don't think it has much bearing on the judging at all. Yes, these wines will be in different stages of development, but the same would be true even if they were all from 2007. Some wines are made for the long haul, others are not.

We look forward to tasting Les' first wines at Raphael in 2011!

Impressive lineup of wines. I've had several of the wines and can't wait to see how they fare in the final tasting. In fact, the 2007 Shinn Estate Nine Barrels made my list of top wines in 2010. Cheers!

Nice choices, need any help in tasting for the finals????

It's lists like this that get me jonesin' for some NY wine in my glass...!

When I tasted the Wiemer 2008 gewurtztraminer, I thought it was the best FLX gewurtztraminer I had tasted. I didn't get a chance to taste the others you nominated, which I am now very much regretting.
I was also interested to see that Wiemer's 2009 Late Harvest Riesling (which I have not tasted) was nominated over the 2008 (which was a darn impressive wine). I definitely need to get my hands on that one.
Looking forward to the results.

Ryan: I REALLY like that 08 Late Harvest (have a few bottles hidden away for longer-term aging) but that wine was released during the 2009 calendar year.

To be eligible for the 2010 program, a wine must be released during the 2010 year. It's really that simple.

Hope you and yours are enjoying a great holiday season.

Lenn,

My mistake on the 08 Late Harvest. I didn't realize Wiemer had released it so early.
I really like your decision to separate the riesling from the rest of the Finger Lakes whites, by the way. It's nice to see the gewurtztraminer getting some attention, not to mention a vignoles. Wineries tend to market vignoles as a cheap wine, but some of it can be quite good.
Holiday wishes to your family as well.

Ryan: We knew we had to separate out riesling almost immediately last year when we started the Finger Lakes white flight. There was an outstanding gewurztraminer in that flight (Red Newt) and it was like comparing apples to oranges within a flight of rieslings.

And I agree on vignoles 200%. I wish that more wineries would TREAT it as more than a cheap sweet wine, because in the right hands, they can really be delicious wines.

Lenn- it seems like the Gabby Cab Franc is kind of in the wrong category against the blends. Why not a Long Island Cab Franc category or am I making this more complicated. Was it considered?

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