Image by mava via FlickrFINGER LAKES REPORT -- Continuing the winery reports from our October tasting trip. The story of our visit to Miles Wine Cellars on Seneca Lake can now be told. Starting in October I've been relating our travels and tasting experiences from the Finger Lakes. With more than 20 wineries visited, it's taken a while.
But there's a reason I couldn't write about the visit to Miles until now. When we visited the Finger Lakes in 2008, my wife decided that we needed to visit because it had a wine called Ghost which had just won an award for its label design. She thought this would be a great gift.
Well, during that trip time got away from us and in order to make meet our friends in time for lunch, we never made it to Miles. This time we made the stop and bought the special Ghost wine. However, I couldn't write about it until now. Our neighbors read the blog and we wanted to keep the special gift we purchased a secret in order not to ruin the surprise.
Miles Wine Cellars is one of the most unique wineries in the Finger Lakes. Miles Wine Cellars is located in a Greek revival mansion overlooking Seneca Lake at a location that was once the site of a ferry crossing. The large pillars gracing the front of the building make any visit a grand entrance.
We started our tasting with the 2006 Chardonnay, which is very low oak with flavors of ripe apple. This is a pleasant sipper. Our next glass was of Ghost.
Clairvoyants who have visited the house to taste wine have told owner Doug Miles that the building has spirits. For years the Miles family has experienced strange sounds, mists and forms. The bottle includes the invitation to "taste the spirits within."
The wine is flavorful and also makes a great gift.
Also sampled during our visit was the 2006 Cabernet Franc. This deep red wine is barrel aged in Hungarian oak and offers flavors of mocha and smoke. This was my favorite of the visit. A bottle goes for $19.95.
The grounds at Miles Wine Cellars are spectacular and are certainly worth the drive. The winery is at the site of an old ferry landing and offers a spectacular view of Seneca Lake. There is also a dock for those who wish to boat to the mansion.