Friday, October 4, 2013

Connecticut Wines #saltwaterfarmct

Don and I recently returned from a paper conference in Newport, Rhode Island. We chose to fly into Hartford and drive the coast to Newport, which was a good decision. While traveling on the US 1, we came upon a small sign alongside of the road. It read "Connecticut Wine Trail"! The pic below isn't the sign we saw, but the small booklet of wineries that they gave us at the first winery.

Quickly turning down this small dirt road, we came upon Saltwater Farm Vineyard. 

The problem at this winery was that we couldn't buy any bottles of wine. The tropical storms in 2011 and 2012 and a "less-than-ideal growing season in 2009" greatly affected their supply of wine in the first half of 2013. They were limiting you to one bottle, but even that was stopped. All we could do was taste and leave! Ugh! The wine was really good and not at all what we expected having tasted California wines for so many years. I guess we will have to order some of their 2008 harvest and they're currently aging a second vintage of French oak Chardonnay and a full range of reds, which should be ready by Spring of 2014.

Here's what we tasted:

  1. 2012 Sauvignon Blanc ($28)-Floral and fragrant with a lively citrus taste. It was very good.
  2. 2012 Cabernet Rose' ($25)-Dry, crisp and light with a hint of strawberries. Excellent!
  3. 2010 Estate Cabernet Franc ($28)-Rich and intense with cherry and blackberry flavors. Beautiful!

If you can get these wines, you won't be disappointed! Enjoy!

 They gave us our tasting glasses!