Located on the west side of Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes region, this winery will surprise you by the quality and the mastery of their red wines.
If you visit and taste Finger Lakes red wines, you’ll find that they are not yet up to the quality of Californians or French cousins.
But Toro Run’s red wines are much better than other wineries of the region.
Christopher Weaver, one of the owner, has planted 64 acres of vines, white and red.
Helped by a french winemake (Sébastien Lasseur), Toro run master the red Bordeaux varietals.
During my Finger Lake trip, my first ‘eye opener red wines’ were tasted here at Toro Run.
Cabernet Franc, Cabernenet Sauvignon and Pinot noir are grapes varietal that are tough to grow in cold areas.
But Toro Run succeed to create vivid red wines even in the toughest conditions for such varietals. Impressive.
Toro run Wines
- Gruner Vetliner 2012, 17.85$ US, note: 78/100
Interesting white, discrete spices present among floral notes.
- Dry Riesling 2012, 17.85$ US, note: 80/100
Well balanced riesling, fresh, vivid and clear.
- Late Harvest Riesling, 40.00$ US, note : 82/100
Well mastered sweet wine (botrytis). Sweetness not too rich, correctly balanced.
- Pinot noir 2012, 17.95$ US, note: 85/100
Pinot noir really mastered. Balanced, deep and complex flavors, with a pepper finale. Persistence in mouth .
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- Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, 16.95$ US, note: 81/100
Acidity well mastered at first impression. Discrete tannins but still enough full-bodied and framy. Fleshy fruits and spices in finale.
- Cabernet Franc 2011, 17.95$ US, note: 82/100
Solid first impression, but complexity and flavors are there to balance the overall harmony. Green pepper notes adding up without masking the other flavors.
You’ll find good white wines in the Finger Lakes.
However, you might not find impressive red ones.
But in Toro Run winery, red wines are the stars of the show.
Well mastered, well balanced, impressive bottles for reasonable prices.