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November 13, 2008


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Cool! So let us know how the wines were this weekend. Thanks!

Will do, Jac. I'll be attending and plan on a follow-up post next week.

This looks like a very interesting experiment whether it will form a consensus about certain vintages or not. It's nice to see everyone banding together for this type of tasting event.

Interesting experiment but success(economic)=respect. Continue to grow the region and brands by selling more. Capitalism works in the wine world as well.

That is quite a lineup of Finger Lakes wine. My wife and I had the opportunity of doing a Riesling vertical at McGregor’s this past spring and were pleasantly surprised by their ability to age very gracefully. After reading this article I reviewed my tasting notes from that day and actually found that the 1988 and 1983 had shown the best. It will be interesting to see the results of this event. The 1988 has developed a beautiful golden hue, displaying a nice nose of petrol and granny smith apple. The palate was malty and nutty but was kept fresh by a nice amount of lemony acidity. By tasting older vintages the indelible mark of each vintage becomes increasing apparent. It became evident to me that McGregor’s Rieslings take 10-15 years to really hit their stride. The petrol nose so commonly associated with aged Rieslings seemed to become better integrated in the older bottling.

Looking forward to the results!



Melissa: I'm glad that you're going to be able to report back on this sure-to-be-interesting tasting.

Being able to taste the history of the region, even on a limited basis, had to be interesting and fun.

AND, if the FL region is anything like Long Island, they've no doubt learned how to make better wines (even with similar growing years) than they were doing back in the 80s. So, if those older wines are showing well...my guess is that 20 years from now, our current releases will show even better.

Unfortunately, depending on the results of this tasting...people are going to be clamoring for these older vintages, and it's my understanding that few wineries have much inventory. Apparently they haven't held back large lots because of lack of storage space and the need for cash flow.

Can't wait to see the results, Melissa. I'm bummed out that I couldn't attend myself!

Looking forward to hearing how it went! The Young Winos started their journey at Ithaca College, after all.... a lot of those names are near and dear to our hearts.


I wasn't able to attend the tasting but will post a follow up as soon as I receive notes from some of the attendees. Thanks for your patience!

The tasting went very well. It was exciting to taste these wines because unfortunately very little of our region's older wines are available for sale. I think these kinds of tastings open up the discussion about ageability and the need for wineries and consumers to put certain ageable wines into libraries and cellars. As the region develops, having a historical perspective of the wines and vintages becomes incresingly important.

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