I’m willing to bet that most people who live either on the west or east coast have never tried wines from the “heartland” of America – one of those regions is the state of Illinois. Lynfred Winery is one of the older wineries in that state and prides itself on making wines that are true to the terrior and varietal.
In this review I take a look at two whites from them and a Merlot – I too was surprised to learn that they grow Bordeaux-varietal grapes there so the intrigue level for me was very high to try these wines.
2008 Seyval Blanc – W.E.P. Rating: 80%
Nose: Lemon drops, grapefruit, white pepper, wet paper-towel and some nice pea gravel.
Taste: Lemon tart, bananna peel, kiwi, grapefruit, cement dust coming thru on the front palate – a nice hint of bubbly coming thru as well. This wine is on the verge of sweetness – it’s right there, however, it does have some acidity to it that keeps it from becoming too sweet. A good finish but not stellar for the money.
2006 Reserve Semillion – W.E.P. Rating: 85%
Nose: Apricots, honey, jasmine flowers, watermelon and a hint of a star wars action figure plastic smell along with marshmallows.
Taste: Honeysuckle, elderberry, grapefruit pulp, lemon peel – good fruit and an almost limestone-laden front end that gives way to a smidgen of sweetness but lots of good acidity ot back it up. I do get a sense of that honeydew/oak sensation on the backend of this wine but it’s very tamed. Overall a solid effort.
2004 Merlot – W.E.P. Rating: 60%
Nose: Blackberries, charred wood, some welche’s action and soaked wood.
Taste: Right off the bat the oak is just killin’ this wine – I mean, there is some fruit here and I’m sure it probably tastes good, however, the oak is so far out in the lead that it’s hard for any fruit to shine through. I know some folks will dig this “Californai-style”, over-oaked wine but it’s really not doing it for me.
Winery website: http://www.lynfredwinery.com/