New York Cork Report Likes Whitecliff Red Trail
New York Cork Report Editor-in-Chief Lenn Thompson recently reviewed Whitecliff Red Trail. Congrats to Michael, Yancey, and Brad at Whitecliff!
People think that I hate hybrids — but that just isn’t true. There are hybrid grapes that I think are pretty awful generally — I’m looking at you seyval blanc and traminette. But at the end of the day, if a wine tastes good, I don’t care what grape it’s made from.
This wine tastes good, even if it’s a four-grape blend that includes three hybrids that I haven’t enjoyed much in the past.
Whitecliff Vineyard NV Red Trail ($14) is a blend of dechaunac, frontenac, noiret and merlot — and the result is a spicy, easy-drinking red.
Fresh strawberry and red cherry fruit aromas are sprinkled with black pepper and cinnamon. On days two and three, an earthy, almost-loamy note emerged as well.
Though somewhat one-dimensional and lacking a bit of structure, the light-bodied palate is juicy with red berries and a subtle earthy edge. It’s the type of carafe-style red you can chill a bit if you want and drink with a wide array of foods.
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