I had the pleasure of drinking my first Pennsylvania grown and made Saperavi recently. It strengthened my belief that the Saperavi grape has the potential to be developed into the signature red grape grown in the cool climate of the Eastern United States. Fero Vineyards & Winery 2013 Saperavi starts by revealing its beautiful dark purple color, a trademark of this wine. After admiring the deep color, aromas of red fruit with a hint of oak fills your nose. Saperavi grapes are known for producing a full-bodied wine with good structure, Fero Saperavi 2013 fulfills those expectations on both counts with style and accuracy. This East Coast Red has good acidity which complements a subtle note of oak that is carried well into a long finish. I recommend buying three bottles of this vintage, drink one now and cellar the other two. Open those bottles after aging them two years and five years, compare your tasting notes, I am sure you will be impressed by how well this wine will develop over time.
Thanks to Chuck Zaleski the owner and winemaker of Fero Winery for pursuing a progressive strategy that is not only designed to grow his business but the quality of wine produced in Pennsylvania. Fero Vineyards & Winery 965 Jpm Rd Lewisburg, Pa. www.ferovineyards.com 570-568-0846 Fero Saperavi 2013 will be judged at the Pa Farm Show this weekend 1/9/15 Update: Fero Saperavi 2013 has won a Gold medal at the 2015 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition (FLIWC).