Berks County, Pennsylvania
Pinnacle Ridge is a family-owned operation in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Founder Brad Knapp established his winemaking facility in a historic, stonework barn using the structure's natural temperature control to make wine in an Old World style. The winery, one of the eight comprising the Berks County Wine Trail, produces a wide variety of award-winning wines including a Chambourçin, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Concord, Vidal Blanc, oaked and unoaked Chardonnays, Cayuga, Riesling and Brut Rosé and Blanc de Blanc sparkling wines. The Trio is a collaboration between Pinnacle Ridge and two other PA wineries, Allegro and Manatawny Creek. Each contributes four barrels to the final blend, composed of 50 per cent Merlot, 33 per cent Syrah and 17 per cent Cabernet Franc. The grapes for the 2010 came from Berks, York and Montgomery Counties and were aged in a combination of Hungarian, French and American oak. Berry and dark chocolate dominate on the nose but underlying espresso and vegetal notes add dimension. A food-friendly wine with refreshing acidity, it offers black plum, blackberry and currant fruit flavors with a green bean and earthy note toward the back of the palate. It is the sort of wine that sits comfortably in your mouth with nice weight on the mid-palate and a reasonably good length. An interesting effort, it would work well with simple foods from roast chicken to London broil.
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