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Two more quality entries from the Finger Lakes’ 2011 Riesling vintage (see here and here) and a solid Virginia Cabernet Franc:

Knapp Winery 2011 Riesling, Finger Lakes, NY — Semi-sweet wine with a nose of tropical fruit salad. Bright, medium to high acidity with a slightly heavy mouth feel owing to the 28% residual sugar. Flavors of melon and tropical fruits with hints of orange and bananas. Good value at under $20.00. 1/2, $16.95 per bottle.

Lakewood Vineyards 2011 Riesling, Finger Lakes, NY — This wine is similar to the Knapp offering. It has medium to high acidity with aromas of melons and pineapples. It is on the sweet side of semi-sweet with flavors of apples, pears, and citrus with a slightly tangy finish akin to pineapple. While it rates the same as the Knapp in my book, it is a slightly more impressive value. 1/2, $12.99 per bottle.

Cardinal Point Winery 2010 Clay Hill Cabernet Franc, Monticello, VA — Deep color with aromas of dark cherries and plums with vegetal notes. Good acidity, soft tannins, and flavors of black cherries with dark fruits and pepper. 1/2, Appx. $20 per bottle.

Recent Tastings

Pollak Vineyards 2006 Cabernet Franc, Monticello, VA — Lovely wine with aromas of coffee, chocolate, and raspberries/currants. Medium to full bodied with a smooth mouth feel and gentle but well integrated tannins. The flavor carries a nice undercurrent of black pepper and a bit of spice on the back end. 1/4, Appx. $20.00 per bottle.

Souverain 2009 Chardonnay, Sonoma/Napa Valley, CA — Mostly Sonoma grapes with a few blended in from Napa, this has a strong nose of pears, nectarines, and apples. Light, pale color with good acidity. The palate is not as fruit forward as the nose would leave one to believe, and the oak is certainly not as overpowering as many California chardonnays, though there is a toasty flavor at the end and a creamy feeling going down. 1/4, Appx. $13.99 per bottle.

Michael David Winery 2008 Petite Petit (85% Petite Sirah and 15% Petit Verdot), Lodi, CA — A number of good petite sirahs out of Lodi. This one has an oaky, jammy aroma with a hint of white pepper. Mocha and dark chocolate notes coat flavors of jammy red fruit that brightens the back of the tongue. Medium to full bodied with fairly strong tannins that add some bitterness. Good value that may reward a couple of years of cellaring. 1/4, Appx. $17.50 per bottle