May is the annual Finger Lakes Month, and so with my spring semester grades turned in, it seemed like time to celebrate! We opened a 2011 Blanc de Blancs from Fox Run Vineyards that I received as a sample.
Established in 1990 in a former dairy, Fox Run is also celebrating its 25th anniversary. Located above the deepest parts of Seneca Lake, Fox Run has fifty-five acres of vineyards producing native grape varieties and French-American hybrids including Riesling, Chardonnay, Lemberger, Pinot Noir, a Meritage blended of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc plus a Blanc de Blancs sparkler made from estate Chardonnay. Wood-aged fortified wines include a Tawny and a Ruby-style Port as well as a White Port from Traminette grapes.
Very very pale yellow in color with long lasting bubbles, the Fox Run 2011 Blanc de Blancs is a great wine to turn to for any celebration from weddings to graduations to Father’s Day –and especially for Finger Lakes Month May 2015 and the Wine Bloggers Conference in August.
For a sparkling wine, the nose is abundant with florals and fruity notes and yeasty too. Clear and crisp, the wine has nice minerality and acidity but is not austere or severe on the palate. Overall, lively and friendly with a clean Honey Crisp apple finish that is well-priced at $30. Residual sugars of 1% are mild.
We didn’t finish the bottle the night we opened it so we put a spoon in it and enjoyed it the following night as well. This fragrant, lively yet somewhat delicate wine drinks well before, during or after dinner.
In 2015, the Wine Bloggers Conference will be held in Corning, NY, in the heart of the Finger Lakes wine region. I plan on attending and I look forward to visiting the scenic tasting room high above Seneca Lake and reporting on more of Fox Run’s wines. Check out the agenda here for the Wine Bloggers Conference taking place Thursday August 13 – Sunday August 16, 2015.