Monday, July 12, 2010

Sharpe Hill Vineyards, Pomfret, CT - 06/25/2010

This vineyard probably had the best setting of the day, but my least favorite wines of the day.

It definately had the feel of stepping back in time a bit with the rustic barns and fences on the property.

When you walk into the tasting room, its quite charming.  There is a room off of the reception area that is cute and it possibly used for tastings when the weather is not nice out.

French country much?

Really cool sink in the bathroom

Tastings are $5 for 5 wines and a glass or $10 for all the wines and a glass. We paid $5 each and picked different wines from each other so we got to taste 10 out of 11 wines.

the vines

We were sent outside to do our tasting.  There is an area where you can eat and they also have chairs set up on the lawn for you to enjoy a bottle of wine and just relax.

restaurant/eating area

chill out area

This is where we did our tasting, which was really awkward. There was no place to put a glass on or lean and relax:

And on to the wines (note, most of them didn't have a pleasant smell):

Ballet of Angels - sweet finish, little grapefruity. I have seen this bottle in many package stores in CT, but I had no idea that it was a Sharpe Hill wine

American Chardonnay 2008 - really oaky finish and very dry

Cuvee Ammi Philips 2007 - dry but slightly oaked

Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay 2008 - almost tastes like city water, very flinty

Dry Riesling 2008 - almost has a pear finish

Dry Summer Rose - very dry, slight strawberry finish

Red Seraph - full bodied and juicy

Cabernet Franc 2007 - really dry and tanin taste

St. Croix 2006 - very buttery finish, which I had never experienced in a red

Pontefract 2006 - sweet and dry with a slight spice

Personally, there wasn't a single wine I would buy from here.  Ballet of Angels is supposed to be their most popular wine and it definately isn't worth the hype.  I would almost suggest skipping this vineyard all together, unless you are trying to tour all of them like we are.  I'll leave you with a picture of some more of their vines across the street from the tasting room and restaurant.

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