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Review: Two Fox Run Vineyards Rose's Finger Lakes, New York @foxrunvineyards


Another Name for Sunshine from the Finger Lakes.

I have come to expect quality from the Finger Lakes wine region of New York. The last few years I have enjoyed expressive and delicious Rieslings, the shine of Finger Lakes sparklers and reveled in the depths of Finger Lakes dessert and Ice wines. Naturally I was eager to sample the rose' wines sent to me from Fox Run Vineyards.

My only impression of Fox Run Vineyards was from a sample of their Hedonia I reviewed last year. Made of 100% Traminette the Hedonia is a dessert wine (white Port style) best served over rocks with a slice of orange. A delicious and habit forming beverage. My expectations were high for their rose's.

This weekend I was asked on twitter why a guy in Washington state was drinking wines from Finger Lakes, New York. "I love good wine." was my response. Without hesitation I encourage to seek out the wines of Fox Run Vineyards. Thank me later.

Tasting Notes Fox Run Vineyards 2013 Rose' of Lemberger

Color: Pink grapefruit
Nose: Grapefruit, slate, grassy.
Palate: Strawberry, fresh, crisp edges, mineral and citrus. Dry finish with strawberry and ruby grapefruit. Good hang time and mouth watering. Big like.

Thoughts: Lovely dry wine, delivered up front, balanced, and fantastic finish. Think lunch at the marina with a classic shrimp cocktail. Also reminded me of dinner at a San Francisco sushi bar - pair with sashimi or sushi. This is also a foot dangler wine, sitting on a lake pier feet barely touching the water, a picnic of fried chicken and lamb chops with curried rice.
Highly Recommended.

ABV: 12%
RS: 0.2%
Closure: DIAMS
SRP: $19.99
Sample provided by the winery.
Purchase direct from the winery.

Tasting Notes Fox Run Vineyards 2013 Rose' of Pinot Noir

Color: Pale, golden melon. Pretty.
Nose: Strawberry, melon, honeyed toast, mineral, sunshine.
Palate: Strawberry, watermelon, juicy, tart, stimulating back palate, elegant, fresh berry melon finish. A tasty dry wine of subtlety. Yum.

Thoughts: This wine made me think of bottled sunshine. Not direct, too hot, hurt your eyes sunshine, rather, filtered sunshine, with a light that compliments and soothes. Drink this wine with friends on a blue day and you'll enjoy a bit of sunshine from the Finger Lakes. Pair with delicate, lightly seasoned foods.

ABV: 12%
RS: 0.2%
Closure: DIAMS cork
SRP: $14.99
Sample provided by the winery.
Purchase direct from the winery.

Fox Run Vineyards
670 State Route 14
Penn Yan, NY 14527

About Fox Run Vineyards

Situated high on Torrey Ridge overlooking one of the deepest parts of Seneca Lake is Fox Run - with fifty-five acres of vineyards. Their first grapes were planted in 1984 and the Civil War era dairy barn was converted to a modern wine-making facility in 1993. In 1996, farther up the slope a new facility was completed with state-of-the-art capabilities and a view of Seneca Lake.

Working closely with winemaker Peter Bell and vineyard manager John Kaiser, owner Scott Osborn has introduced a program of minimal intervention winemaking and revitalized the vines by converting to a new trellis system which has had excellent results in Germany, France and Australia.

Producing 15,000 cases annually, Fox Run Vineyards plantings include: Riesling, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Lemberger, Cabernet Franc, and Pinot Noir. Fox Run also produces a Meritage blended from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc plus a Blanc de Blancs sparkler made from Estate Chardonnay. There are also several wood-aged fortified wines - including a Tawny and Ruby-style Port.

Thank you so much for the lovely wines,


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