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Finger Lakes red wines: best new releases

The cool climate of Finger Lakes in New York State may limt the red grape varieties on offer, but innovation and ambition is thriving among the region's winemakers, as Charles Curtis MW discovers.

Paradoxically in a region so devoted to white wine and sparkling wine production, it seems that red wine is generating intense interest among winemakers.

Fred Merwath, winemaker and co-owner of iconic producer Hermann J. Wiemer, comments: ‘We can make some really interesting red wines in the Finger Lakes with tension and finesse. Our climate allows for ample hang time and flavour development without soaring potential alcohol levels.’

Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores for 10 Finger Lakes red wines

PLUS see recommendations for Finger Lakes white and sparkling & sweet wines

See Charles Curtis MW’s tasting notes and scores for 10 Finger Lakes red wines

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