We've got two other very exciting wines just released in the fall of 2008.
The first is a Cabernet Franc called 'Franky Say Relax'. It is a fruit forward richly balanced red. The first thing you notice is the clarescent (if that is a word? anyway a) deep ruby red color.
The fruit was hand selected from a long growing season in 2007 which favored the development of deep rich reds.
It was treated to an extended maceration without SO2 being added until six months after Malolactic fermentation had begun. We brought the SO2 to 105 ppm to
stabilize this remarkable color and robust fruit. The whimsical name belies what is a complex and classically structured wine. Release date; September 2008. Bronze medal winner, NYS Fair!! Bronze medal New York Wine and Food Classic.
The second wine we want to brag about unashamedly is called 'Des'Pear'. (Not to be confused with the 'River des Pere' in St. Louis, which I'm told does not taste quite as good).
It is a honey colored golden dessert wine made from Washington State pears and Finger Lakes white grapes.
The white grape underpinning enhances and stabilizes the delicate and volatile pear aromas which results in a soft
elegant finished dessert wine which retains true fruit flavor and a pronounced pear nose.
8% residual sugar. 17% alcohol.
Released: August 2008.
For those of you who have expressed the suspicion that the picture is of the winemaker, it is not, it is Louis XIV turning into a pear. Wait a minute! Isn't he the one St. Louis is named after? Or, is that Louis A'Pear 'icio'? (baseball joke).