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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.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Whitecliff Sky Island 2010...grapes aren't the only things growing at Whitecliff

Whitecliff grows their own grapes. Their vineyard holdings are extensive and they are continually planting more. But the vineyards and the grapes aren't the only thing growing. The buildings are expanding too!!!

Michael Migliore co-owns the winery with his wife, Yancey. Brad is the winemaker. Paul Gioquindo is Asst. winemaker, and has been their many years, as well as an affable salesman at festivals in a pinch! Michael and Yancey have overseen the winery from a couple thousand cases, to now one of the larger wineries in the valley. And they are a leader in creating great quality wines.
Along with the birth of a number of new wineries, distilleries, and cideries, Whitecliff's expansive growth is another good sign of the burgeoning wine industry in the Hudson Valley and New York.
This is a photo of the winery from inside their huge new production facility.
New tanks of various different sizes and shapes. Hoses running throughout.
Barrels here, and barrels there. They can be found inside and outside the winery, and yet, Michael is on the lookout for more.

OK, so now you want to know about the wine. Whitecliff Sky Island Red Wine 2010 is a full bodied Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. This is a Bordeaux-styled red dry red. Aged in oak, this classic wine shows lovely cherry and raspberry, and hints of cassis up front. There's good acidity and well balanced tannins...with hints of vanilla and spices. A lovely smooth finish. A wine you can definitely age for four or five years, and it will only show better.

A lovely, lovely, complex dry red blend. Whitecliff does it again.


Blogger Debbie Gioquindo said...

Hmm...I think you left out a important person who has been on their winemaking staff since 2006 and qualifies as their winemaker as well as Brad.

8:25 PM  

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