Friday, October 30, 2009

Finger Lakes: Anthony Road Wine Company

FINGER LAKES REPORT – Continuing south on our Seneca Lake winery swing, we stopped next at the Anthony Road Wine Company. Green Dragon and I had stopped here last year and really enjoyed the place. It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed the gardens and the grounds. This year was a somewhat different different story. It was rainy and the tasting room was quite full. 

2004_0401Fingerlakes0056 The philosophy of Anthony Road is to produce excellent wines for “the everyday enjoyment of life.” The vineyards were planted in 1973 and Anthony Road began wine production in a small barn in 1989.Anthony Road has a beautiful tasting room, landscaped gardens and is a true “grape to bottle” operation with all winemaking, bottling, labeling and storage handled on-site.

The first selection was the Devonian White, a light dry blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Cayuga. It had a subtle fruit flavor and was nice, but lacked body.

Next up was a very refreshing 2008 Dry Riesling with puckering acidity and notes of apple and citrus. This was a winner.

Batting in the third position was a 2008 Rose of Cabernet Franc, which was crisp and refreshing with berry notes. This was tasty.

Glorious T and Spiderman were impressed with the Devonian Red, another casual sipper with great QPR (quality price ratio). It has overtones of black cherry, vanilla and mocha. A highlight for me was a tasting of the 2006 Tierce. This is a Dry Riesling team-made by winemakers at Anthony Road, Fox Run and Red Newt wineries. It is an exceptional wine sure to delight all Riesling lovers. It packs a lemony punch with Gala apple notes.

The tasting is a very reasonable $1 cost and the tasting room is airy and enjoyable. We missed being able to stroll the grounds. That and the dreary weather made this visit a notch below last year.
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Anonymous said...

We also loved that Anthony Road offered a paired wine tasting with chocolate! So we picked up a bottle of the lovely Devonian Red which is the first of our Finger Lakes treasures to be opened - with a nice dark chocolate of course - it was divine! -Glorious T