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- Innkeeper - 08-03-2009 08:31 PM

2007 Knapp, Estate Bottled, Cayuga Lake, Merlot ($14.95 at winery). Alcohol level: 12%! This is the first Merlot that we’ve received from Knapp that didn’t carry the New York AVA. Hopefully the ’08 will be estate bottled too, but they lost 50 acres of vines this year in a hail storm, and I don’t know if that included their Merlot plantings. It is not on their website right now, but you can get it by directly contacting them.

This wine if much darker and richer than previous bottlings, but is still very low in alcohol. In addition to the Merlot plum ness there were other red and black fruits on the nose and tongue tip. There was even more fruit in complex middle that included a hint of oak and chewy tannin. It was very well balanced. The finish lingered on and on.

We matched it with grilled fillet steaks, expecting the wine to be the lighter version. The wine would have gone better with nice thick rib eyes or sirloin steak. We have three more bottles to give that a try, and wish we had bought more at the time.

- Innkeeper - 10-04-2009 06:02 PM

Enjoyed another bottle last night with more fillet steaks, mashed potatoes ,and green beans almondine. Wonderful!!!

- Innkeeper - 01-19-2010 09:48 PM

Another bottle tonight with very nice rib eyes cooked in the restaurant method. Mine had a slab of blue cheese on it while her's just had a pat of butter. We also had baked potato and salad with it. What else would you have with steak? The whole deal was fabulous. This could be one of best reds east of the Rockies.

- Innkeeper - 02-06-2010 10:11 PM

Samo tonight except sourdough bread instead of baked potato. Fantastic!

- Innkeeper - 06-05-2010 07:46 PM

Samo, samo. Tonight with very crusty bread with tiny pieces everywhere. Will have to vacuum in the morn.

The Merlot is smoothing out nicely. Bev still found some unresolved tannin which she actually likes. I found mine as smooth as a baby's bum. Guess I don't recognize tannin any more.

- Innkeeper - 07-09-2011 09:26 PM

Opened our first '08 tonight. It carries the Finger Lakes app.; and not the Cayuga Lake one, nor is it estate bottled. Methinks that '08 was the spring that their vineyards got hit with hale during bud break, so they must have gotten some grapes from nearby friends.

Never-the-less it measures up to standands, but not quite as good as the '07. The Weenier who thought all FL reds were limpid, should try this one. Enjoyed it with rib eye steak over charcoal and mesquite, roasted baby Yukons, and sliced tomato (brought up from Georgia). Great all around.

- winoweenie - 07-10-2011 12:23 AM

Heck-Fire IK wif' them fixins Ids' thot old grasshopper red was keen. WW :-D

- Innkeeper - 08-23-2011 03:35 PM

Another '08 last with the same meal except corn-on-the-cob in place of the taters. It was our belated Saturday night meal, as I was tied up all weekend in a church event.

- Innkeeper - 04-17-2012 12:06 AM

Got all the outdoor stuff set up today in the 89 degree F heat. Grill a rib eye too much, but enjoyed another '08 with the remains and baked potato and peas. Sigh!

RE: '07 Knapp Estate Bottled Merlot - Innkeeper - 12-26-2012 07:08 AM

Three of us killed two '09s yesterday with glazed ham, candied sweet potatoes, green beans almandine, and rolls. Yum.

RE: '07 Knapp Estate Bottled Merlot - Innkeeper - 01-07-2013 06:37 PM

'Nother jug tonight with a casserole made from thinly sliced ham, mandolined potatoes, and sagey béchamel sauce; with some peas on the side.

RE: '07 Knapp Estate Bottled Merlot - Kcwhippet - 01-07-2013 08:14 PM

Saw the new post on New York/East Coast Wines and I absolutely knew it just had to be you, Carl, posting on a Knapp wine.

RE: '07 Knapp Estate Bottled Merlot - winoweenie - 01-08-2013 06:13 AM

Thank the Lord! Ww

RE: '07 Knapp Estate Bottled Merlot - Innkeeper - 02-09-2013 04:31 PM

Tonight we had a seared and roasted rib eye steak, Yukon Golds in very thick slices and roasted in EVOO, and pureed Blue Hubbard squash from the freezer. We washed all down with a Knapp Finger Lakes Merlot. Time for a Knapp!

RE: '07 Knapp Estate Bottled Merlot - Innkeeper - 04-18-2013 03:38 PM

Well one year ago we enjoyed their Merlot on our first grilling of the year and it was 89 degrees F.

Today it was only just a little over or under 60 degrees F. We opened our last '09 with our first grilling of the year. It was tenderloin steaks in rasher, over charcoal and mesquite smoke. Side were baked large yellow potatoes and green peas. Yum.

RE: '07 Knapp Estate Bottled Merlot - Innkeeper - 07-17-2013 05:41 PM

We popped our first 2011 tonight. It still carries the Finger Lakes Appellation and weighs in a 12% alcohol. The price has risen to $16.95. It seems a little lighter than earlier versions, but that was color deception.

It was an extremely hot day today, so we stayed in the air conditioning for dinner. We enjoyed the wine with penne in basil pesto, broiled Italian sausages, and sliced tomatoes. Yum!

RE: '07 Knapp Estate Bottled Merlot - Innkeeper - 08-14-2013 09:01 AM

We popped another '11 last night. Again it was with grilled tenderloin steak in rasher over charcoal and mesquite chips. We had corn-on-the-cob and salad mostly from our garden as sides. Yum!

RE: '07 Knapp Estate Bottled Merlot - Innkeeper - 11-16-2013 02:59 PM

Still grilling! Popped another '11 tonight with strip steak Teriyaki grilled over charcoal and Mesquite chips, baked baby Yukons, and peas. Yum!!!

RE: '07 Knapp Estate Bottled Merlot - Innkeeper - 01-18-2014 05:25 PM

Another lebebin tonight and it went just fine with lamb chops, carrots, and roasted baby Yukons. Yum!

RE: '07 Knapp Estate Bottled Merlot - Innkeeper - 03-30-2014 04:02 PM

Same tonight (four more in the cellar). We matched it with seared and roasted rib eye steak, baked sweet potatoes, and salad. Yum!