Frederick Cellars Part II

fredcell4.jpg Here are the highlights of our tasting at Frederick Cellars:

Heritage Red 2004:  ($16). This is a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot.  Was medium bodied, with flavors of sour cherry, and some peppery notes.  Has some mild tannins on the finish.  Not especially complex, but would be an excellent wine with food, especially Italian.  86 points.

Merlot 2005:  ($18).  Nice bright red color, flavors of cherry and some cassis.  However it was one dimensional and rather thin.  This was my least favorite of the reds.  81 points.

Cabernet Sauvignon 2002:  ($24).  At five years old this was a nice brick red color.  Full bodied with flavors of black cherry, with hints of smoke and leather.  Had nice tannins and a long finish.  This is a bottle to drink now.  I think it’s at its peak.  At $24 it’s not a screaming value, but we bought a bottle and will enjoy it over the holiday season.  89 points.

Chardonnay 2005:  ($16).  Not much nose, but lots of flavors of pear.  Nice and dry and finished up with a strong minerally finish.  Very little oak and none of the butter that I despise.   Much more like a Chablis than a California Chardonnay.  Very good if you like more austere whites (which I do).  88 points.

Riesling NV:  ($16).  This wine was made from grapes from New York State and is a non vintage designation.  It had a huge floral nose.  Tons of pineapple and lemon on the palate.  A hint of sweetness on the finish, and nice crisp acidity as well without being too acidic.   Bought a bottle to go with our soup course on Thanksgiving. (Apple and Celery Root soup with bacon-chive oil) 86 points.

  In sum the wines were generally good.  This is a local winery worth supporting and you will not be embarrassed serving any of these wines to your friends or giving them as gifts with a local flavor.  You can buy them at several wine stores in the County check their website) besides getting them at the winery itself.  Seek them out.  After all when was the last time you had a wine made in Frederick?


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