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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, October 29, 2014

Matt Spaccarelli at 90! Points that is...Benmarl Winery

It's official - Matt Spaccarelli is 90! Points that is.....

One of the stars of the most recent Taste Camp 2014 Hudson Valley was the estate Cabernet Franc from Benmarl Winery. So I was down on the Shawangunk last Sunday and stopped in and saw Matt Spaccarelli. There, on a Sunday afternoon, was Matt, sitting on the back bay of their warehouse dock, munching on a piece of pizza, waiting on 4 tons of Merlot to be pressed. There's never a safe time during harvest season. You're always on call, always at work.

As always Matt was incredibly generous an friendly. And he took me on a quick tour tasting his wines in process from the 2014 harvest. A fabulous Sauvingnon Blanc, a wonderful Seyval Blanc, and some incredible reds that were slowly cooking away. Really really impressive. Matt is doing everything extremely right. He is a careful and knowledgeable winemaker. And he is only improving.
The most recent evidence was the 90 Point score in Wine Enthusiast for the Estate Cabernet Franc. Big dollops of dark cherry and cassis, with excellent acidity, great balance, and lovely complexity. This is a fantastic wine perfect now or will cellar for at least seven to ten years. A gorgeous wine with huge fruit up front, but a lovely, soft dry finish.
The maturation of Spaccarelli from novice to the accomplishments he's just received, are a great indication of things to come for Benmarl Winery and for the Hudson Valley.
Congrats Matt!


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