Far to the north in upstate New York sits Wayne County. It is next to Canada, separated by Lake Ontario. This is cold climate yet the mitigating effects of Lake Ontario during winter months hold harsh freezing temperatures at bay for the vines planted close enough.
Only a handful of vineyards and wineries exist here and grapes grow along with apples and other tree fruits that thrive in summer months. Both V. vinifera and hybrid clones have been planted. Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc are well established, but the hybrid Noiret has stated a claim.
Tannat, a varietal from Southwest France and of great tannic composition, has increasingly been embraced by US winemakers. But in the America's it has been Uruguay that has placed Tannat at the top of the order. Appellation America assembled our tasting panel to explore what is happening with Tannat across the US and included several Tannat releases from Uruguay.
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