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October 16, 2009


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Depends on the closure. Molded or extruded?

I think it's a Normacork, but I know that Carlo reads this site, so maybe he can fill us in.

For me, this is more about concept at this stage than execution. And having said that, the execution is pretty impressive. I liked the nose better than the palate (mainly because, as Lenn indicated, it finishes a bit short) -- but let me stress that I really liked the nose a lot. The merlot is a little subdued in this wine, but I suppose there are supporting roles to play and there are star roles to play. It's tough to know what to expect on the first pass.

I know he's working on an empire white consisting of riesling, seyval and sauvignon blanc. That should be quite interesting as well.

I like the art-deco label a lot.

Jason, it looks even better on the bottle, but the grey is metallic silver, which made it impossible for me to get a decent picture of it.

Evan, I agree on a few points you're making. One, I do think that the merlot gets lost, which is a little surprising to me on some levels and on others not.

It's a great concept, no doubt, and a great first effort as well.

Did I mention how happy I am that there isn't going to be any chardonnay in the Empire White?

Love the label! And the concept! It will be interesting to watch Hudson-Chatham as they develop.

yea i enjoyed this wine. Blends are entirely too under rated.

its easy enough to open a bottle and recork it with a real cork, the hard part is not drinking any (or just drink some and toss in some glass beads to bring the level back up hehe).

When we first started the winery, we were too small to order the quality of corks we wanted, and we were afraid of composite corks and TCA. So the Nomacorc was a good solution at the time. It has solid oxygen exchange ratings, and its qulity for short term use is good. I believe I was told that the corks would last 5-10 years. But I would love to see more conclusive results if anyone has them.

This winter, at Wineries Unlimited, we are hoping to strike a deal with a quality cork manufacturer to put in our best red wines meant for aging, especially Empire, our Merlot, Cab Franc, Malbec, Baco Noir Reserve, and our Baco Noir Old Vines.

Especially the Empire, Merlot, and the two Bacos will be meant for long term aging.

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