2008 Seyval Blanc (Hunt Country, Finger Lakes, NY)

22 07 2009

On a recent trip to the Finger Lakes, I stopped at Hunt Country winery to escape the rain. Hunt Country is usually a pleasant enough winery to visit, but recently their wines have been a bit too sweet for my palate–I don’t think it’s a major change in their production, just a change in my taste buds.

The 2008 Seyval Blanc stood out when I tasted it as a more refined wine that my very picky husband might like, and it was on sale for $8.99 on site.  Score.

Seyval Blanc is a French hybrid grape known for its resistance to the cold, which explains why it grows well in the Finger Lakes region.  It is often compared to white Burgundies and is a fair alternative to some Chardonnays and Sauvignon Blanc varietals.

This particular Seyval Blanc has a lot of white Burgundy (typically Chardonnay) characteristics, such as the tropical fruit nose and flavors like pineapple and honeysuckle with some grapefruit and vanilla thrown in.  It does lack minerality and there is no stoniness or edge to this wine, which most white Burgundies would have.

The wine has a moderate acidity and you can tell that it’s been held in the barrel for a while due to the oakiness in scent and flavor.  And just FYI, most French white Burgundies start at $20-$25 a bottle and can cost as high as $300.

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3 responses

23 07 2009
andrewjoslyn

I’m not sure it’s because the wines are too sweet that you don’t like them … it’s that they SUCK. Seriously, the only one that I liked was the ice wine and that’s because it just tasted like grape juice. Hahaha.

23 07 2009
exploreandeat

Funniest. Comment. EVER!

11 12 2009
Anthony

Ice wines are delicious, I agree 100% with Andrew. The only Seyval that I have ever liked was a bottle of St. James Winery Vitner’s Select Seyval. The sweet notes of dried apple and citrus are great paired with some spicy Thai food. 😀

http://www.stjameswinery.com/shop/wine/semi-dry/vintners-select-seyval-2005.html

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