Stoutridge Quimby Rose'
Steven Osborn is one of the most passionate winemakers of the Hudson Valley. Steven makes wines in a completely gravity flow engineered winery that is one of the most green wineries on the eastcoast.
The vineyards are half a mile from the beautiful Hudson River on the south-east facing slopes of a ridge of land on which grapevines and fruit trees have been continuously planted for 200 years. The Marlboro area has a rich history of fruit and wine production and during the 1800's was the principal supplier of fresh fruit for New York City.
Next to the winery is a picturesque and historic stone farmhouse known to elder locals as "The Homestead". It's ten foot high fieldstone foundation was built around 1855 and was dug out of the vineyard hillside. This house had a barn, which between 1902 and 1919 was the "Morano Winery". It's one dry stacked stone foundation wall remains.
Recently I had the good fortune to go down to Stoutridge and see Steven in action, giving a tour and speaking to an audience about his theories on wine wine and his thoughts about Hudson Valley "terrior." I also had the good fortune to try the Quimby Rose'.
This wine is named for Howard Quimby, an iconic 80 year young grape farmer who was raised in a house overlooking the farm that is now our winery and vineyards. He is still actively farming and this wine is made 100% from his grapes. The taste of the wine is a taste of the Hudson Valley as it has been for generations, however the wine is made in a modern French County style which is both dry and low in alcohol.
Very fresh and light...a dark rose'...and a nice, light, refreshing surprise.
Here's a few videos of Steven speaking to the crowd of the terrior of his vineyards and winery and about his views on wine. He's talking about farm centric wines, meaning getting the local flavor in the bottle as naturally as possible - what the FRench call "terrior." HIs passion is both capivating and moving.