Finger Lakes Wine of the Week:
Rooster Hill Vineyards 2014 Estate Pinot Noir Reserve
By Nicholas Baldwin
After a blast of cool, rainy autumn air this past weekend, a glass of red wine is just what the doctor ordered. As harvest in the vineyards is coming to an end, winemakers turn their focus to the wineries to make the best wines from 2015. Opening a bottle from last year’s bounty is a perfect way to celebrate the end of harvest. Rooster Hill Vineyards on Keuka Lake just released their 2014 Estate Pinot Noir Reserve and it hits the palate right on the mark.
It has nice clarity and soft ruby hues in the glass. Fresh out of an 11-month slumber in oak barrels, this Estate Pinot Noir Reserve snaps to action on your tongue with medium levels of tannins and refreshing acidity, yet keeps an overall light body. This a perfect wine to share with friends over a board of charcuterie, lights cheeses and warm, toasted baguette slices. Many Pinot Noirs from the Finger Lakes tend to have lofty pricing of $20 or more. The 2014 Estate Pinot Noir Reserve has an average retail of $17.99: a good price for a good wine.
Nicholas Baldwin has worked in the wine and spirits business for more than 12 years and traveled the world visiting vineyards. He holds numerous wine certifications.
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