Saturday, September 13, 2008

Finger Lakes Winery Report - Imagine Moore Winery - August 2008

IMAGINE MOORE WINERY (south Canandaigua Lake)
In his sophomore year, Tim Moore of Imagine Moore Winery in Naples NY at the south end of Canandaigua Lake, continues to deliver a fresh style of winemaking and a unique winery concept. Tim talks the talk and walks the walk when it comes to being environmentally friendly in his winery operations. From the growing of the grapes to the wine labels, Tim strives to “honor the earth” and make great wine as well. Here are my tasting notes:

> 2006 Peace, Pinot Gris, .4%RS, $16.99, one word keeps dominating my tasting notes again this year for Imagine Moore wines, and that word is “soft”, this one is soft with layers of apple and pear into hints of vanilla, very good depth of flavor here.

> 2006 Joy, Dry Riesling, .6%RS, $14.99, Fresh floral aromas- I need a cologne with this scent, Alsatian style, layers of rose petals and a soft spice/mineral character, a perfectly balanced dry Riesling, I’d like a bit more intensity of flavor but it’s got style.
>2007 Gratitude, a unique blend of Sauvignon Blanc/Pinot Gris/Cayuga Cayuga, .9%RS, $9.99, soft lemongrass with nicely balanced acidity, Tim has got a talent for blending and it shows here.
> 2007 Love, Semi-dry Riesling, 1.5%RS, $14.99, This is the star of the show in my opinion, soft (again) and subtle ripe peach with undertones of candied lemon drops and a smooth lime finish, hard to believe it’s only 1.5%RS.
What can I say, I love the Love.
> 2007 Harmony, 75% Cayuga White/ 25% Traminette, 3.5%RS, $10.99, another great blend, Beautiful orange blossom and lightly perfumed soft floral aromas, Tim gets excellent aromatics out of his wines, layers of soft orange, tangerine, and lime, an excellent value.
> 2007 Grace, Cabernet Franc, 3%RS, $10.99, 2 days on the skins and 3 months in the barrel, lots of soft strawberry, There’s a few of these sweeter Finger Lakes Cab Francs around that I think are very nice, a nice summer value sipper.

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