Eclipse Red 2004

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Wine Characteristics While the varieties used in Eclipse are the same varieties traditionally used in Bordeaux style blends, we feel our wine drinks more like a Loire Valley red or northern Italian red. The fruit is bright, the body is medium weight and the acidity is poised to really enhance great food instead of being too overpowering with excessive alcohol or new oak. Food Pairings This is a good everyday wine that works with a range of foods from pizza to herb encrusted lamb. This is a red that, although not a Pinot Noir, could pair well with salmon. Serve at 65° and let warm in glass to gently open the bouquet. Awards 88 Points - Beverage Testing Institute

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Heron Hill Winery, world-class wine, ambiance and experience. Heron Hill Winery is nestled into a hill overlooking scenic Keuka Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes region. For over 30 years the winery has set the highest standards for wine quality, customer satisfaction and tasting room experience. Since its first vintage in 1977, Heron Hill has steadily grown from a small 5,000 case winery th... Read more
Heron Hill Winery, world-class wine, ambiance and experience. Heron Hill Winery is nestled into a hill overlooking scenic Keuka Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes region. For over 30 years the winery has set the highest standards for wine quality, customer satisfaction and tasting room experience. Since its first vintage in 1977, Heron Hill has steadily grown from a small 5,000 case winery that only made white wines into a dynamic 20,000 case production facility and entertainment destination for more than 50,000 people every year. Heron Hill’s grape grower and owner, John Ingle often says that Heron Hill has “boot prints in its vineyards, not tire tracks.” People maintain the vines at Heron Hill, not machines. This personal approach and commitment to quality is evident throughout every aspect of making, serving, and selling Heron Hill’s wines. These guiding principles have remained constant through the years – from hand-maintaining the vineyards to hand-harvesting grapes to offering educational and enjoyable tastings and hosting events that combine food, wine, and entertainment. Today, Heron Hill offers nearly 20 wine varieties; crisp and light Rieslings, aromatic dry Chardonnays, the winery’s legendary Eclipse series, spicy, exotic Pinot Noirs and Cabernet Francs, and our winemaker’s specially crafted dessert wines. During the past nearly 30 years, Heron Hill has won many awards for its distinctive, elegant wines and continues to be at the forefront of Finger Lakes winemaking. In 2006, Heron Hill opened a satellite tasting room and gift shop on the West side of Seneca Lake. Located on Route 14 in Himrod, the new facility exemplifies everything Heron Hill, from the customer service to the elegant wines. Visit Heron Hill’s website at www.heronhill.com and join the mailing list to keep up to date with what’s going on at the winery. Heron Hill Winery is on Facebook – search “Heron Hill Winery” to become a fan. The winery also has a new blog, with ten different people from the winery posting. Visit www.heronhillwines.blogspot.com to read about what is happening at the winery! Read less

Member Reviews for Eclipse Red

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Snooth User: erikagwen
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3.50 5
06/11/2009

So dark and lush, but not to dry and tart to ward off people who don't like red wines for those reasons.


Snooth User: DFR
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4.00 5
01/26/2010

Very good wine, drink right away. smooth to the taste.


Snooth User: FairysGodMother
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5.00 5
09/15/2009

My favorite NY State wine, being from that area. This is a bordeaux style blend, medium bodied, dry red that reminds me of the Italian reds that I love so much.

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    4.00 5
    04/22/2009

    The Bordeaux style blend is soft and silky in the mouth with essence of cherry on the finish. Great with food yet excellent on its own; an "everyday" wine.


    Snooth User: DomGregori
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    4.00 5
    06/18/2009

    Four glasses


    External Reviews for Eclipse Red

    External Review
    07/25/2008

    This is a Meritage wine meaning that it's made from a blend of grape varieties in the image of Bordeaux. Essentially, this is a blend of equal parts Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. This is a a lighter-styled, dry red wine with incredibly easy-drinking berry fruits and super soft tannins.


    External Review
    Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
    09/02/2011

    Warm and fragrant, this red blend is a jazzy mouthful of straight-on blackberry flavor with a hint of spice around the edges.


    External Review
    Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
    09/02/2011

    Deep garnet hue, black cherry, tea and vanilla scents, with a wisp of earthiness.


    External Review
    Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
    09/02/2011

    There is a general belief that New York red wines have a bad reputation for being too young or too sweet. Things are changing, and New York reds are improving with time. This award winning winery is a fine example. Eclipse is a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The grapes come from the North Fork of Long Island, and are then blended and bottled at Heron Hill. A medium-bodied wine with delicate tannins and blackberry, cherry, and cranberry flavors, this wine can stand up to other reds from California and France in its category. And because its a New York red, it is high in resveratrol. A must try.


    External Review
    Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
    10/14/2011

    Made in the style of a Right Bank Bordeaux, this blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon is medium bodied, with deep black currant and berry elements overlaid with anise, black pepper and cedar notes.


    External Review
    Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
    09/02/2011

    This Merlot-centric red is at the forefront of ripe, rich, and polished dinner wines from New York. It has great violet aromatics and blackberry and cherry flavors, all holding together very well through an elegant finish. It will enhance most any hearty entrée.


    External Review
    Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
    09/02/2011

    New York reds are overcoming their reputation for being too young or too sweet. Eclipse is made with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from the North Fork of Long Island, blended and bottled at Heron Hill. A medium-bodied wine with delicate tannins and blackberry, cherry and cranberry flavors.


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    Wine Characteristics While the varieties used in Eclipse are the same varieties traditionally used in Bordeaux style blends, we feel our wine drinks more like a Loire Valley red or northern Italian red. The fruit is bright, the body is medium weight and the acidity is poised to really enhance great food instead of being too overpowering with excessive alcohol or new oak. Food Pairings This is a good everyday wine that works with a range of foods from pizza to herb encrusted lamb. This is a red that, although not a Pinot Noir, could pair well with salmon. Serve at 65° and let warm in glass to gently open the bouquet. Awards 88 Points - Beverage Testing Institute

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