2007 Reviewed Wines

2007 Brut Rosé

Prince of Pinot - aka Rusty Gaffney

100% Pinot Noir grown on Seneca Lake vineyards. Grapes were fermented 23 hours on the skins. Whole clusters were then gently pressed with a basket press and transferred to stainless steel for a 16-day fermentation. Secondary fermentation was induced in the bottle and the wine was disgorged January 20, 2009. · Pale rose color. Scents of strawberries, red roses and a hint of yellow peach. Clean and crisp flavors of fresh berries, persimmon and a faint herbal note. A perfect summer wine.


Wine Spectator - James Molesworth

Shows a strong cherry flavor, with forward, round texture and a grape and watermelon finish. Drink now. 33 cases made. Score: 83 Points


2007 Barrel Reserve Pinot Noir

Burghound - aka Allen Meadows

More deeply hued than the ’06. A somewhat riper nose speaks of pretty and distinctly pinot noir fruit that includes primarily the red side of the fruit spectrum that complements medium weight fruit-driven flavors that are delicious and well-balanced if not especially persistent. Still, I like the style and the delivery and though this lacks depth at present, it’s possible that with a year or three in bottle, the complexity may improve. Score: 88 points Drink: 2011+


Prince of Pinot - aka Rusty Gaffney

Unusually warm and dry growing season causing more of a West Coast influence on the wine. Twenty-three 90+ degree days which thickened skins for more color and flavor extraction. 75% clone 115 and 25% clone 777 cropped at 1.7 tons per acre. 100% whole cluster. 11-day fermentation, basket pressed, and aged for 18 months in 66% new and 33% once-used Francois Freres French oak barrels. · Brooding nose initially that opened with swirling to reveal dark fruits, especially black raspberry, a hint of spice, smoke and incense. Held up beautifully in the glass over time. On the attack, the wine was full-bodied with a substantial tannic backbone. Plentiful dark fruits were complimented by an earthy underpinning and a faint note of grapefruit peel on the finish. Silky and beautifully composed, but still needing time for the tannins to soften and integrate. Amazing fruit intensity but not jammy, with the acidity holding forth to reign in the hedonistic fruit and tannins. Would recommend decanting now or cellaring for a couple of years. A very, very impressive wine like nothing I had ever previously tasted from the Finger Lakes region. Given the proper weather, viticulture management, and in the hands of a talented winemaker, the potential for premium Finger Lakes Pinot Noir is exemplified here.


Wine Spectator - James Molesworth

Toasty, with spice and fig notes followed by a modestly fleshy core of roasted plum and raisin that lingers on the finish. Shows more weight than purity, but has some enticing aspects. Drink now. 146 cases made. Score: 84 Points

New York Cork Report

2009 Finger Lakes Red Wine of the Year