June is Ohio Wine Month and it is fitting during this festive occasion to highlight a wine from one of our favorite Ohio wineries: South River Vineyard. SRV is the “winery in a church” and is located in Geneva, the heart of Ohio Wine Country.
SRV may not be on your radar because they typically don’t participate in wine trail events. The tasting room and grounds are very striking. (Check out our previous winery report here.)
Trinity is a blend of 33% Merlot, 34% Chambourcin and 33% Pinot Noir. As you might suspect, this is a smooth sipping blend. We uncorked this bottle with Wine Chick and Jazz Man while enjoying some tasty nibbles on their patio.
The nose offers a bit of green pepper along with fruit. On the palate there is a mellow rumbling of red berries with cherry being very pronounced. For me there was a bit of firmness on the finish, which I liked because it gave the body a dash more interest and makes the wine suited to pairing with a wider range of food.
SRV is one of the largest vinifera growers in the area with 45 acres of vineyards. Varieties include Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Pinot Noir, as well as Merlot and Semillon, the only farmers in this area to grow them. They, like many of the wineries in the Geneva area, benefit from the moderating effects of Lake Erie which provide a longer growing season and warmer winters.
Trinity is a great wine with estate grown Ohio grapes. This is one of our favs. During this month we encourage you to find a favorite Ohio wine of your own.