Another in our series of reports on Finger Lakes wineries from our recent visit.
Fulkerson Winery on Seneca Lake has become a regular stop during our junkets to the Finger Lakes. They are located in a very convenient spot on West Seneca Lake, making it easy to pop in for a quick visit if you are planning multiple stops (as we usually do).
Convenience is only part of the story, Fulkerson offers an amazingly wide range of wines served in an airy, comfortable tasting room. Their lineup ranges from Gruner Veltliner to offbeat hybrids like Vincent and Diamond. They have 30 different wines on their tasting menu. Fulkerson offers more than 200 years of family tradition and is known for their fresh grape juice as well as their wines.
We started our visit with a tasting of the William Vigne 2010 Dry Riesling. This estate wine is named in honor of the first generation of Fulkersons in New York. It has just a touch of residual sugar and some nice mineral flavors.
The Gruner Veltliner offers great flavors of white peach and citrus. It retails for $13.99.
We then proceeded to the dry reds, opening with the 2011 Dornfelder. This is a soft red German style wine with flavors of cherry and barnyard.
The rich, dark 2009 Vincent is a favorite of ours. This is a full bodied wine with plums and black oak. It is so delicious that the bottle we purchased lasted only one night – we opened it that evening at our bed and breakfast and polished it off. For only $9.99 this is an incredible bargain!
For this tasting, the star was the 2011 Lemberger. The grape is Austrian in origin and it is a rising star in the Finger Lakes. It has delicate flavors like Pinot Noir, but a wonderful smoky complexity. This is the highest priced Fulkerson wine (excluding the ice wine), but even this is just $15.99. That’s real value.
The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon was a bit light bodied for our taste, but there are plenty of other wines from which to choose.
Farm fresh, friendly and value priced sums up this recommended stop on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail.