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Standing Stone Vineyards Vidal Blanc Finger Lakes Vidal Ice 2004

Member Review by LENNDEVOURS:

Honeyed and rich, it is nicely balanced with fresh acidity. The flavors are layered and complex with peach, pear, apricot, rose petal and lychee mingling on a succulent, long-lasting palate.

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Standing Stone Vineyards:
Family owned farm winery, producing Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Vidal Ice, and several bordeaux style red wines. Overlooking historic vineyards, with a delightful tasting room experience. In 1991, we purchased historic vineyards on the east side of Seneca Lake. A long line of venerable vintners spent years researching the quality of these lands. We followed in their footsteps by growing wines in... Read more
Family owned farm winery, producing Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Vidal Ice, and several bordeaux style red wines. Overlooking historic vineyards, with a delightful tasting room experience. In 1991, we purchased historic vineyards on the east side of Seneca Lake. A long line of venerable vintners spent years researching the quality of these lands. We followed in their footsteps by growing wines in the same historic vineyards that served Gold Seal Vineyards so well in the past. History became our best teacher, for conditions on the rolling hillsides above Seneca Lake proved ideal for growing and harvesting premium grapes and subsequently crafting heavenly wines. In just a few short years, our boutique winery began to make history with a prized selection of award-winning wines. Our wines continue to reap honors and critical acclaim on the wine circuit, but we've only just begun to show our potential. We plan to move into the history of the future, with the great vineyards of the world, bringing much deserved recognition to the new world-class wines of the Finger Lakes. From ripe, richly flavored grapes we produce premium wines - each year making slightly more wine which is better than the preceding vintage. Our first crush, in 1993, yielded only 800 cases, which was quickly discovered and sold out in just 12 short weeks. We now produce about 6500 cases, allowing us to bring wine to you in more locations. We always encourage you to visit the winery, drink in the view, and enjoy the current vintage. Tour our 30 plus acres of vineyards, expanding to 40 acres over the next few years. Learn how we carefully nurture the fruit of the vine through the fall and winter, and into summer, in a way that allows the best features of that fruit to show through in the finished wine. The wines are made and sold in renovated barns. The white wines are made in stainless steel tanks, allowing temperature control of fermentation and cellaring, and the red wines and Chardonnay are made in oak barrels - primarily American Oak. We spend many hours tasting the wines, both to follow their progress, and to assess the blends. We believe that the hands-on, vineyard based approach to our wines results in a superior wine finished in the bottle. You can tour our facility, often including a visit with someone from the winemaking team, and often including samples of the current vintage from barrels or tanks. Read less
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Member Reviews for Standing Stone Vineyards Vidal Blanc Finger Lakes Vidal Ice

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Snooth User: LENNDEVOURS
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0.00 5
12/10/2008

Honeyed and rich, it is nicely balanced with fresh acidity. The flavors are layered and complex with peach, pear, apricot, rose petal and lychee mingling on a succulent, long-lasting palate.


Snooth User: Leftonred
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4.50 5
11/18/2007

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Standing Stone Vineyards Vidal Blanc Finger Lakes Vidal Ice

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Source: Appellation America
10/16/2008

Standing Stone Vineyards is located in Hector, NY on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes region of New York. The vineyard was purchased in 1991 by Tom and Marti Macinski, with their first vintage released a couple years later in 1993. They made 800 cases of wine that year and are now up to 6500 cases.Along with vinifera varieties like Cabernet Franc, Riesling and Chardonnay, Standing Stone grows and makes wine from Vidal Blanc, a hybrid variety that does very well in the cool climates of the northern United States. Table wines made from Vidal are often simple, high-acidity wines that are terrific in the summer for their light fruit flavors and refreshing crispness. The real stars, however, are late harvest and ice wines made from the variety. Standing Stone Vineyards' 2004 Vidal Ice is called "Ice" but isn't a true ice wine. They pick the grapes after the vine's foliage is gone, and the grapes are starting to shrivel, which begins to concentrate their flavors. The grapes are then frozen commercially, which locks the flavorless water and allows the winemaker to extract the sweet, decadent nectar.A rich, luscious amber in the glass, this dessert wine is extremely aromatic with peach, pineapple, mango and apricot scents. Similar flavors greet the palate, with definite sweetness that is balanced expertly by terrific acidity. At $25 for a 375ml bottle, this is one of the best dessert wine deals in New York state – and maybe America.




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