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Carlo DeVito is a long time wine lover, and author of books and magazine articles. He is the author of Wineries of the East Coast. He has traveled to wine regions in California, Canada, up and down the east coast, France, Spain and Chile. He has been a published executive for more than 20 years. He shepherded the wine book program of Wine Spectator as well as worked with Kevin Zraly, Oz Clarke, Matt Kramer, Tom Stevenson, Evan Dawson, Greg Moore, Howard Goldberg, and many other wine writers. He has also published Salvatore Calabrese, Jim Meehan, Clay Risen, and Paul Knorr. Mr. DeVito is the inventor of the mini-kit which has sold more than 100,000,000 copies world wide. He has also publisher such writers as Stephen Hawking, E. O Wilson, Philip Caputo, Gilbert King, James McPherson, John and Mary Gribbin, Thomas Hoving, David Margolick, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., John Edgar Wideman, Stanley Crouch, Dan Rather, Dee Brown, Susie Bright, and Eleanor Clift. He is also the owner of Hudson-Chatham Winery, co-founder of the Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail, and president of the Hudson Valley Wine Country.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Stoutridge Merlot 2008

I have know Steve Osborn five years now. He has been a friend, especially when I was in need. And he and his wife Kim have been a great asset to the valley. He bring s a special ind of winemaking to the valley, and a great mindset. His winery is state of the art, and is solar powered. But for all his high tech stuff, Steve likes to make all natural, old world styled wines.

I saw him at the recent Art & Wine get together at Locust Grove, the former home of Samuel Morse.

One of the wines he was pouring was his Vidal Blanc. I have always loved his Vidal Blanc, crisp, clean, and vibrant. A wonderful accompaniment to cheese, fish, salads, and other light dishes.

But the other wine that really surprised me was his Merlot 2008. A big, deep red. A real nice surprise.

Unfiltered and unfined, this Merlot, made from Long Island fruit is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. This is a big soft red. Big aromas of dark berry, dark raspberry, come through, with hints of vanilla, and earth. There's a hint of something herbal maybe? But the flavors are absolutely raspberry, dark plum, blackberry, tea, and a touch of mocha. A fairly low tannin wine for such a big flavor profile. But that's also the nice thing about it. It's very, very easy drinking. Great with food (I was dreaming of a nice, well aged Parmesan cheese or a nice piece
or a grilled pork chop), but also good for drinking by the fire.

Very nice!


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