This thick and opaque wine has a deep ruby color and very complex aromas and flavors; it’s a smooth wine with attitude. The aromas are reminiscent of spice, bourbon barrels, oak, and black and blue fruits (super ripe plums and blueberries) along with an underlying woodsy, mossy, and fresh soil character. It’s a big, broad, and spacious wine with a peppery character along with flavors of sweet oak, roasted coconut, spice, black currant and a touch of serrano pepper, tobacco and smoke. The finish is smooth and lingering.
McGregor Vineyard began producing its first Saperavi in 1985. Saperavi is an ancient wine grape originally from the country of Georgia. This estate grown and produced Saperavi was aged in oak barrels for one year. It has intense aromas and flavors of black currants and blackberries along with hints of earth, spice, and oak. While enjoyable in its youth, this wine will age nicely for many years.
Saperavi is the primary grape of this wine and it is blended with a touch of the Moldovan grape, Sereksiya Charni. Aromas of black currant, black berry, sweet oak, spice and smoke follow through beautifully on the palate. There are some nice plum and coconut flavors blended in as well. Silky tannins coat the palate and lend to a very pleasant, long finish. This wine was matured in oak barrels for three full years.
This is shaping up to be a “classic” vintage of Black Russian Red. Saperavi is the primary grape of this wine and it is blended with a touch of the Moldovan grape, Sereksiya Charni. Aromas of black currant, black berry, sweet oak, spice and smoke follow through beautifully on the palate. There are some nice plum and coconut flavors blended in as well. Silky tannins coat the palate and lend to a very pleasant, long finish.
While color is never an issue with this wine, this vintage is clearly off the charts- 100% opaque! The wine is quite aromatic and reminds me of ripe elderberries, black currants, blackberries, coconut and freshly split white oak. These characteristics follow through on the palate beautifully. The wine is rich and soft and ripe tannins grip (not bite) the palate and lead to a long, long finish.
This vintage features bright aromatics of cranberry, red cherry, dust and oak. These aromas are all present on the palate along with pomegranate, raspberry and black currant. This young Black Russian Red is best when decanted for a few hours before serving.
This wine is dark and gorgeous in the glass. Aromas of ripe blackberry, sweet coconut and black tea rise from the glass flow through to the palate and combine with suggestions of elderberry, cranberry and black currant. The lingering finish is long and satisfying.
This vintage of Black Russian Red has an enticing deep red-purple color backed up with aromas reminiscent of black currants, elderberry, ripe plum, and ripe red raspberries. This medium bodied wine combines all these aromas on the palate with tart cherries, mellow oak character and rich, silky tannins all leading to a nice, long and contemplative finish.
This banner 2010 vintage has an enticing inky purple/black color that seems to nearly stain the glass. It offers a complexity of aromas and flavors including plum, blackberry, sweet oak, coconut, elderberry, smoke and earth. It is a sublime wine whose finish lingers on and on..
This wine is dark and gorgeous in the glass. Aromas of ripe blackberry, sweet coconut and black tea rise from the glass flow through to the palate. Suggestions of elderberry, cranberry and black currant are continuing to develop over time. Soft and rich with a long lasting finish.
Click here to learn more about the history of Black Russian Red, the "cult favorite" wine of the Finger Lakes. McGregor Vineyard has been growing Saperavi & Sereksiya Charni since the early 1980s, culminating in the creation and release of Black Russian Red in 1991.