Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Review: *** $$ Amwell Valley Vineyard Seyval Blanc, 2004, Hunterdon County, NJ

Original Review, July, 2008: The Amwell Valley Vineyard Seyval Blanc, 2004, from Hunterdon County, NJ, is made from a hybrid white wine grape that grows reasonably well in the northeast United States.

Amwell Valley Vineyard has been in operation since 1978, receiving the first farm winery license in New Jersey. Let's check out the wine...

In the glass, it shows as a golden yellow - more gold than yellow, actually, and deeper than the deepest chardonnay you'd find. Looks more like a sauterne.

Interesting, the aroma has a bit of carmel sweetness too. That comes through on the palate - a lightly sweet carmel, tucked in an even lighter robe of acid. Not a long length, and not a lot of complexity in the flavors; but nicely wrapped and balanced. The sweetness and acid hides the 12% alcohol. Overall, it finishes crisp and clean. Three stars out of five. Has held up well for its couple years of age.

Updated review, over three years later, now seven years from vintage date, August, 2011:  Deep golden, looks like apple juice in the glass.  Light sweet motor oil on the nose. Simple, clean, sweet light caramel on the palate.  Quite consistent with three years ago overall.  That is a surprise for such a light bodied wine. 

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