Bloomer Creek "White Horse Red"
Staff Pick

Bloomer Creek "White Horse Red" - 2018

Item # 35926 750mL
$27.96/ Single Bottle
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$335.52 $301.97/ Case of 12
Grape Variety

Tasting Notes

A lively red blend based on the Bordelais grapes, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Bloomer Creek wines are always lively, full of vibrant fruit and acidity. This makes a heavenly match at the dinner table and can even work alongside fish and aged cheeses.

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Staff Pick Notes

As a blend of Cab Franc and Merlot, this red invites comparison to Bordeaux ("White Horse" is a sideways reference to Cheval Blanc, one of the 1er crus of St Emilion.) But the Finger Lakes have rapidly been developing into their own identity. Bloomer Creek, one of the few natural vignerons in New York (and my favorite NY winemaker), is halfway between the Right Bank and the wilder wines of the Loire Valley. Husband and wife team Kim Engle and Deb Bermingham have been farming organically since 1982. They are always experimenting and trying new things in the cellar, but the White Horse has always been a standout, speaking to terroir and vintage beautifully. The wine is energetic, fresh, with a rich nose of earthy sous-bois but full of dark, brambly fruit, the palate bringing in cedar, warm spices, and a tiny hit of smoke on the finish.


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New York

No longer is our fair state synonymous with Concord grapes and Manischewitz. New York winemakers have embraced international varieties and hit the ground running. The Hudson River Valley is home to the oldest vineyards in New York State. Lake Erie is still dominated by bulk production for grape juice, though a few small, serious wineries are beginning to crop up. Long Island’s maritime climate...

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The next time you hear someone say they never touch Merlot, tell them that it's too bad, because you were just about to open a few bottles of Château Pétrus and Le Pin, and you have no one to share them with. Some wine drinkers are quick to dismiss varieties that become too fashionable, but Merlot is popular for good reason. It has one of the most impressive and distinctive textures of any wine,...

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Cabernet Franc

Relegated to moderate obscurity in modern times, Cabernet Franc is in fact the proud parent of the attention-hogging Cabernet Sauvignon (after an illicit affair with Sauvignon Blanc a hundred-odd years ago). Cabernet Franc has remained close to its roots in France, enjoying small pockets of popularity primarily in the Loire Valley (specifically in Chinon), where it is often bottled as a varietal...

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