I have written several posts lately extolling the virtues off the Saperavi grape as the “Next Big Thing” for Eastern winemaking. I have never written one single post about the forgotten role that the late-ripening Lemberger grape has been cast to play in the evolution of the wine industry above latitude 40° north. Fero Vineyards & Winery in Lewisburg, Pa produces a superb example of what can be done with Lemberger grapes that have been painstakingly cared for and expertly transformed into their Estate Lemberger 2013. The beautiful garnet color is the first thing you notice about this Lemberger followed by the notes of oak. Chuck Zaleski is a master at using oak to coax out the hidden flavors from his wine while adding a sophisticated complexity at the same time. Chucks light-handed use of oak with this wine brings out the red fruit and spice (think black pepper) taste while adding depth. A medium body carries the soft tannins into a long and lingering spicy finish. This wine has good acidity which makes it pair well with red meat, barbeque and even red sauce. Note: Winemaker Chuck Zaleski suggested I should let it breath. I not only let it breath I used an aerator on a couple of glasses. His suggestion was right on the mark, the added aeration opened it up and added a little something extra. www.ferovineyards.com Update: Fero Estate Lemberger 2013 won a Double Gold medal at the 2015 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition (FLIWC).