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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.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Altamont Vineyards a Quality Addition to the Hudson Valley

Some time during the last summer, Dominique and I visited Altamont Vineyard Winery.
Mike DiCrescenzo, and his father Louis DiCrescenzo, co-owners of Altamont Vineyard and Winery in Altamont. The DiCrescenzo family bought vineyard a few years ago. But they have really turned the place around and are making wonderful wine. I have always been a great big fan of their Leon Millot Reserve. It is a tremendous quality wine. But what of the others?

Mike and Jessica Harding in the vineyards showing off their fruit this season. The vineyards were lush and full. The place was chock-a-block with ripe fruit. Altamont has two lines of wines, one fruity and flavorful, and the other, dry wines made along more classic lines.


While we were there we tasted some wines.
According to the winery, "This wine is a tribute to the Vineyard’s founder. Against all advice he started the first commercial vineyard in the Capital District." The wine is made from St. Croix grapes which were planted in 1995. The wine was aged in oak in 12 months. As advertised, the wine has a nice cherry profile, and has a nice balance of tannin and spice. A very nice table red.
This is a lovely classic chardonnay. This wine was produced using grapes harvested from an award winning vineyard on Seneca Lake. The wine has the elegant highlights one expects from a quality wine from this grape, with refreshing lemon citrus and apple with flirty mineral notes and a hint of oak. A really lovely wine.
This wine was a medal award winner at the Indy International Wine Competition. This was an excellent wine. Great tropical fruits, green apple, and a citrus ending. Light and beautiful.
Some great wines are being made there. You need to go and try them. And say Mike and Jennifer I said Hi!....I should have written this article months ago! 


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