Thursday, January 15, 2015

Keuka Spring 2011 Miller’s Cove Red, Finger Lakes

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During a recent visit with friends, we popped open a delightful red blend from our “treasure” stash of Finger Lakes wine. It was time to unwind after a day of touring and tasting in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

One of TWAV’s favorite Finger Lakes wineries is Keuka Spring, perched on a hillside overlooking Keuka Lake. The winery offers superbly crafted wines and spectacular scenery.

During our visit we sampled through a number of excellent wines, but two stood out: the 2010 Epic Reserve and the 2011 Miller’s Cove Red. The Epic Reserve is a Merlot-driven blend while the Miller’s Cove Red is a blend powered by Cabernet Sauvignon and polished with Merlot.

The taste is rounded cherry with a hint of minerality and violet. It’s smooth texture is a welcome departure from some big and “hot” Cabernets we sometimes experience. The alcohol weighs in at 12.3%.

There were only 421 cases of this beauty, but fear not. The 2013 vintage has been released and the price remains $22, making it a solid bargain.

Summer seems a long way off right now, but when it finally arrives, we’ll be headed to the Finger Lakes once again. You can be sure I’ll be coming back with a bottle or three of Keuka Spring Miller’s Cove Red.

Rating: 4 of 5  Value: 5 of 5

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