Damiani “Sunrise Hill” Lemberger 2015: $22 Very Good+

With bright acidity and clear focused flavors, the Damiani “Sunrise Hill Vineyard” Lemberger (Finger Lakes, NY) $22 [Very Good+] resembles a top rank Beaujolais.  Like a fine bottle of Gamay, this wine is a refreshing sipper, but even better with food.  It works very well with a wide variety of main course dinner dishes.

Medium ruby in color, the Damiani boasts poised and focused aromas — plum, sour cherry, brown spice, tobacco and graphite.  Full bodied, soft, with light tannin and above-average acidity, balance is good.  Tangy flavors of plum, sour cherry, brown spice, potpourri, tobacco and hints of graphite have very good concentration and focus.  The finish is broad and zesty, with a pronounced sour cherry character and a long finish. Flavors linger for some time.  April 2017

Note: This wine was a bit unbalanced right after opening, but knit together nicely with some air.  Decant it, or have a glass and let the bottle sit (uncorked) for an hour.


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© Douglas Hillstrom 2014