Sunday, November 19, 2017
Trip to the Finger Lakes part VI - Knapp Winery
Our next stop was Knapp Winery, also on Cayuga Lake. Here we started with a 2016 Dry Riesling which G described as "pure gas tank" - we were getting the hang of American terms by this stage! I got a whole load of lime marmalade, and we thought it was pretty decent, at $16. Then we tried the Finger Lakes Chardonnay 2016 which is made in a concrete egg thing which gives it more minerality. It reminded me of a Chablis and was only $14. It's made from 93% chardonnay and 7% riesling, and we wondered what it would have been like if it had been 100% chardonnay.
The 2015 Pinot Gris ($15) didn't do much for us and then we tried a 2016 Seyval Blanc ($13) which was lightly oaked. This had interesting tropical fruit on the nose, possibly lychee, but G found it a bit odd, and it had a slightly sweet finish.
Moving on to the reds, the 2016 Unoaked Cabernet Franc ($17) was very purple and had a fresh, fruity nose but turned out to be somewhat green and stemmy on the palate, reminding me of those Loire reds that I don't like very much. I preferred the 2015 Pinot Noir ($18) which had sweet, slightly jammy fruit. It had some similarities to the Norman Hardie pinot which I like, but G was not convinced.
The Meritage 2014 ($25) was a blend of 1/3 Cabernet Sauvignon, 1/3 Cabernet Franc and 1/3 Merlot. This was a much darker colour and quite heavy compared to the previous two wines. We thought it was a serious wine and was already drinking, in contrast to the similar blend we'd tried at Ravines the day before.
Finally, we tried a Trestle Creek Hard Cider which was 5.5% alcohol. This was fizzy and semi-sweet and perfectly pleasant. I didn't bother spitting it out.
We moved across to the restaurant for lunch, and sat on the terrace which had a view of the vineyards but also of a creepy bird-scaring device which billowed about in the wind somewhat alarmingly. I didn't take a photograph, not wishing to give anyone nightmares.
The pulled pork sandwich beckoned once again, although we thought it wasn't quite as good as the one the previous day, and memo to selves, we certainly didn't need to order that basket of chips to go with it!
We did however make a new best friend...
And here's my glass of cider, which turned out to be apple juice, also known as Type 2 diabetes in a glass. I won't be making that mistake again in a hurry!