A few weeks ago, I shared the first four wines sampled at the East Coast Wine master class held at The Wine School of Philadelphia. Today, I'm sharing a quick introduction to the remaining four wines that come from Pennsylvania, Maryland and New York.
What I have here are very casual tasting notes taken from what I scribbled on my sheet during the class. I don't rate wines, and I doubt I ever will. But be assured, that if I write about a wine, it's a wine I think is worth drinking.
La Famiglia Mazza 2017 Teroldego, Lake Erie (Pennsylvania). Teroldego is vinifera, grown primarily in the Trentino region of Italy. The wine is full of leather and dark fruits with good acidity. (I've had this wine before. It's one of three wines from this class that placed in the top 10 at the PA Sommelier Judgment I helped judge last April.)
Fero Vineyards 2017 Saperavi, Lewisberg (Pennsylvania). This is another wine that placed in the top 10 at the PA Sommelier Judgment. Saperavi is a grape traditionally grown in the country of Georgia, but it's finding success on parts of the East Coast in in the Midwest. Dried fruits - raisins, prunes and figs - are the predominate aromas and flavors in this wine.
Black Ankle Vineyards NV "Slate 4," Frederick County (Maryland). Dark, dark fruits and vanilla were the first thing I smelled in this wine, and the first thing my mind said was, "This smells like a Bordeaux blend." This full-bodied wine is a blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, petit verdot, merlot, and malbec.
Wölffer Estate 2015 "Fatalis Fatum," Long Island (New York). Merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc smells of baking spices and eucalyptus. I have in my notes that while there was actually something a little off-putting to me on the nose, it was absolutely delicious.
You can read about the first four wines in A Night of East Coast wines, part 1. The eight wines that made up the master class offerings were all excellent examples of the quality that's coming out of wineries on the East Coast. Or, as I said in my Instagram post from that evening, "Honestly, not a disappointing wine in the bunch."
Have you had one of these wines, or any wines from these wineries? Tell me about it in the comments.