St. Andrew's Cafe at the CIA that I had Millbrook's Tocai Fruilano `10 for the first time. I liked it so much that I decided to add Millbrook to my list of vineyards to visit (and maybe buy a bottle or two).
Just 15 miles from the CIA's Hyde Park Campus, it was easy to squeeze in a visit after my late March lunch at Ristorante Caterina de' Medici. After following signs and driving past some beautiful farmland. (my euphemism for getting totally lost - I have NO sense of direction) An hour later, I turned to drive up the hill to Millbrook, a founding NY State Vineyard in the Hudson River Region AVA.
After a quick walk around, I stopped in the tasting room and bought a bottle of the Fruilano and this bottle of Proprietor's Special Reserve Cabernet Franc. I ♥ Cabernet Franc. Which, as I could tell from my first glass, so do the Proprietor's John & Kathe Dyson. The ♥ is a play on words/symbols, because at one point in his long varied career in public service for NY State, Mr. Dyson developed the "I ♥ NY" advertising campaign (it is featured on the back label of this Cabernet Franc). Millbrook Vineyard is a testimony to a love of New York State and wine - I hope to make more visits in the future.
The only reason it didn't get four stars from me is because $30.00 is beyond my price range for a bottle of every day wine. I don't begrudge the cost though. It is well worth it. Only 450 cases were produced. It is truly special artisan wine. According to the the informative back label (another win in my book) the grapes were harvested October 21 - 24, 2008. I was in Seattle when they were harvesting those grapes. As the grapes were pressed, blended and put away to age, I had a kidney transplant, quit my job and moved to the suburbs. I like perspective in my wine and my life. It is nice to know that Millbrook is around to add their perspective - it's a beautiful one.
Pictures from my March visit: