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December 31, 2008


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Paumanok really impressed me and I mentioned it as my favorite winery visit of the past year, with special mention for their Chenin and Petit Verdot.


Yes, I am sure it was very hard to pick your favorite wines of 2008. This note is to thank you for all that you do for the New York wine industry. We, in Finger Lakes Wine Country, are truly appreciative of the coverage you gave our region and the addition of a few more contributors. It is through your efforts that the perception of New York wines has been elevated.

Cheers to a great 2008 and an even better 2009!

As the wife of a fairly respected wine critic...I would have loved to see the Paumanok Semi-Dry Reisling on the list!!

Nina I concur - the chenin is good, but the off dry reisling and the sauvignon blanc were the best in my opinion.

And Morgen - hear hear, Lenn is a huge help to the NY wine scene. I'm glad its recognized by people in the industry

Greetings and all the very best in 2009 Len.

I need to find a couple of bottles of the Pinot in your top wines list.

Boy, do I empathize with your comment on closures. It is so disappointing to open a favored wine that uses a synthetic closure. I'd rather risk a corked wine (as a producer and consumer) than purchase a really excellent wine for my library that I expect to age and then be slammed by a scalped, slightly off-flavored and/or a slightly oxidized bottle. I find that I have too many of these in my library.

Once we truly master the wine craft-personship required by the use of stelvin closures, maybe that will be the path to take. However, not and never synthetics for me. To bleat a bit further, when dining in a restaurant, and on the opening of a bottle of wine by a server, should I have my wits about me and recognize that the bottle has been closed by a synthetic, I caution the server that I may not accept the wine. Color me quaint, that is the way it is for me.

Bob Madill

Bob, Lenn, et al,

I have three Ravines bottles in the cellar that I hope to hold for quite some time: 1 bottle of the 2007 argetsinger and 2 bottles of the 2006 dry riesling. All three have wood corks. I'll follow up with Morten to get his thoughts on closures; it's worth more discussion and probably merits a future post.

Cheers and happy new year.

Let me settle this once and for all...Paumanok's Chenin Blanc deserves its place on the Lenn's list.

Now that that's settled, where can I find Osprey's Pinot Noir?

Which is it on the Ravines Riesling? Is it a synthetic cork or a natural cork that closes the bottle? Or did they mix it up for a trial? May need to open my bottle sooner than later.

Lenn, thanks for the candor and the great tasting notes. I've never even attempted to do a roundup of my favorite wines of the year but I can imagine it takes a lot of work to recall everything. I dug the Chenin Blan at Paumanok but the Macari Sauvignon Blanc was really amazing, thought that was a fave of yours too?

You forgot the LENNDEVOURS Meritage from Sannino ;)

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