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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, March 14, 2015

Wine Enthusiast Highlights Four Hudson Valley Producers for Best Reds in New York State

The Hudson Valley scored again big time with the publishing of a list in Wine Enthusiast of the best red wines of New York state. Hudson Valley wineries were highlighted as well, including Cereghino-Smith, Hudson-Chatham Winery, Tousey Winery, and Whitecliff Vineyards! 
"Ranging from earth- and cherry-flavored Cabernet Franc to a variety of blends, New York's red wines run the gamut in flavor and quality offerings. Step out of your West Coast comfort zone and seek out these selections, a mere fraction of the offerings coming from this red-hot wine scene," wrote Anna Lee C. Iijima in her article 24 Red Wines From New York State in Wine Enthusaist. 

Cereghino Smith 2012 Eaten by Bears (New York), $19; 86 points. Luscious aromas of blackberry and blueberry pie filling are touched by hints of tar and crushed stone on this bold, ruddy blend of Syrah and Petit Verdot. Ripe black cherry and berry flavors are straightforward, but juicy and pleasurable. It finishes with a kiss of heat. —A.I.

Hudson-Chatham 2011 Empire Reserve Red (New York), $25; 85 points. Ruddy, primary red cherry and berry notes persist from nose to finish on this blend of Baco Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Ripe black-fruit flavors are fleshy and ripe on the palate, but demure in concentration and length. —A.I.

Whitecliff Vineyard 2012 Reserve Gamay Noir (Hudson River Region), $21; 90 points. Granite and red cherry notes are reminiscent of fine Beaujolais in this surprisingly tasty Hudson River Gamay. Cranberry and cherry flavors are tangy and revitalizing, nuanced by fresh herbs and leaves. It’s elegant and sprightly through a moderately long finish. —A.I.

Tousey 2012 Pinot Noir (Hudson River Region), $26; 88 points. Fleshy, ripe black cherry notes persist throughout this bold, robustly concentrated Pinot Noir. It’s unrestrained in it’s fruity, forward style, but touches of menthol and bright sour-cherry acidity lend balance. The finish is moderately long, with a touch of heat. —A.I.
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