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2012 Standing Stone Vineyards US Red Blend "Saperavi"

Winery: Standing Stone Vineyards

Vintage: 2012

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Saperavi"

Wine Category: US Red Blend

Grape blend: 100% Saperavi

Region: Finger Lakes

State or country: NY

Price: $30

Cases produced: 49

KWG Score: 88.3 (based on 3 reviews)

Average Virtual Score: 95 (based on 1 review)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (88)

Review date: November 5, 2014

Wine Review: Have you ever tried Saperavi? Me neither. But I would this one to be very good. It is an opaque and very dark ruby colored wine that opens with black cherry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and easy to drink. The flavor profile is a boysenberry and black cherry blend with hints of dark roast coffee, cinnamon, minerality and oak in the distant background. The finish is dry and its mild dusty tannins linger for a little while. This is a unique wine from the Finger Lakes is very good. I would pair it with a bison burger. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Saperavi is grown widely in eastern Europe, but the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau didn't recognize it as a variety until January. Standing Stone filed a petition in December 2013, and recognition came a month later, she said. The Macinski's first used the Saperavi grape in blends, then as a varietal under the name Dark Red starting in 2005. Once the grape won recognition, the 2012 Saperavi was bottled under its rightful name.

Organic status: not organic

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