I finally had the pleasure of tasting a collaborative wine by three Pennsylvania wineries: Allegro Vineyards, Manatawny Creek Winery, and Pinnacle Ridge Winery. Each winery contributed part of the master blend: Cabernet Franc, Syrah, and/or Merlot, which was aged in barrels for 16 months. Each bottle sells for about $29, as it was made in limited quantities. This was such an unique idea, and I love it!
(Photo from Manatawny Creek Winery website)
The D-2010 Scale
2007 Trio by Allegro Vineyards, Manatawny Creek Winery, and Pinnacle Ridge Winery (Pennsylvania)
Appearance (10 points possible): dark, deep red, with slightly brick edges - 9 points
Aroma/Bouquet (20 points possible): The dark red berry fruit, especially raspberries, from the Syrah hit my nose immediately. As the bottle was left open, I got more earthy, tobacco, smoky character probably from the Cabernet Franc primarily. The Merlot didn't show strong on the nose for me, but the blend of the 3 varieties was quite interesting and pleasant. - 16 points
Taste (10 points possible): Very forward with good front palate and mid-palate depth. Earthy, tobacco flavors with hints of oak came through for me. Acid was strong but well integrated. Tannins were smooth, round, and gave the wine that full body feel. The finish was a bit short, sort of fell off on the end, but the flavors lingered pleasantly on the palate. - 8 points
Balance (5 points possible): Other than the finish, I thought this wine was fantastic for a cool climate, high-end red wine. - 4 points
Finish (5 points possible): Finish came up short in terms of body and mouthfeel. However, the flavors did linger on the palate with little bitterness. Pleasant, but short. - 3 points
Add 50 points for attempt, packaging, closure, etc.
Total Points: 90
Overall Thought: A fantastic French-blend for the Pennsylvania wine industry. I congratulate the 3 on their collaborative effort, the idea, and bringing their creativity to the industry.
Food Pairings: I'm thinking red meat would work well with this wine - steak, hamburger, etc. It's very dry, so it's not something that will pair well with a super sweet bar-b-q. Also will go well with lamb, game animals, and some pork dishes. A good winter wine with those heavy meals.
Cost: About $29
Splurge Factor (out of 4): 2 - I know this isn't your traditional "thrifty" Pennsylvanian buy, but I think the cause and effort deserves to be recognized. I believe only 1 vintages is released, so supplies are limited. Might as well buy something special every once and awhile, and support your local wineries.