Nice to see James Molesworth continuing to cover such diverse areas as the Finger Lakes and Colorado.
14 Impressive and Diverse Wines
New reviews from Colorado and the Finger Lakes region of New York
Posted: May 17, 2013
In upstate New York, cool-climate varietals—aromatic whites such as Riesling and Pinot Blanc, as well as reds such as Pinot Noir—continue to make strides. Forge Cellars is the Finger Lakes project of Château St.-Cosme vigneron Louis Barruol and his U.S. business partners. The two debut versions here, the deeper Les Allées and the more elegant regular bottling, both show promise.
FORGE Pinot Noir Finger Lakes Les Alliés 2011 Score: 88 | $32
This has a solid core of red licorice, steeped plum and cherry sauce flavors, lined with taut red licorice and singed apple wood notes. Focused and fine-grained through the finish, where the singed wood note lingers. Drink now through 2014. 65 cases made. —J.M.
FORGE Pinot Noir Finger Lakes 2011 Score: 87 | $25
This has subtle tea and cinnamon shadings, with light-bodied dried cherry and strawberry notes that linger through the finish. Not big, but has sneaky length and nice mouthfeel. Drink now. 185 cases made. —J.M.