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Black Russian Red

McGregor Vineyard's signature blend of Saperavi & Sereksiya Charni


Winery founders Bob & Marge McGregor are pioneers of growing vinifera wine grapes in the northeast. In the 1970s Bob was searching for red varieties that could not only withstand the often brutal winter climate of the Finger Lakes, but were also disease resistant and able to consistently produce quality wine. In 1978, Dr. John McGrew of USDA in Beltsville, Maryland gave Bob scion wood of a number of grape varieties originally imported from Leningrad by Dr. Konstantin Frank in the late 1950s. Two of the varieties, Saperavi and Sereksiya Charni are what are now collectively known as “Black Russian Red.” We began planting these vines in the spring of 1980.

Saperavi is an ancient wine making grape (vitis vinifera) that is primarily grown and produced in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. Georgians make a variety of Saperavi styles, ranging from wines meant to cosume young to wine that matures for 50 or more years in the bottle.

There are only a few vineyards growing Saperavi in the United States, and until somewhat recently McGregor Vineyard was the only winery among them to produce this variety into a commercially sold wine. McGregor Vineyard has enjoyed a lot of success with this grape, and a handful of other Finger Lakes wineries are now themselves working with Saperavi. In recent years Saperavi has trended globally, being called "black wine" by fans.

The Sereksiya Charni grape (vitis vinifera) is even more unusual than Saperavi and is grown around the Black and Caspian Seas in Ukraine, Armenia, and Romania. As far as we know we are the only producers of a wine from this variety in the Western Hemisphere.

Each of these varieties was produced and sold individually by McGregor Vineyard in the 1980s. However, Bob McGregor recognized that blending them together might produce an even more interesting wine than what they expressed individually. He was much happier with this new blend, and 1991 saw the very first vintage of Black Russian Red. Fewer than 100 cases were produced, which quickly sold out. The 1991 vintage is continuing to develop and even in today remains a truly exquisite wine.

Today, the Black Russian Red is clearly a benchmark red wine of New York State, earing its status as the must-try cult favorite wine of the Finger Lakes. Recent vintages have expressed themselves as approachable in their youth, while improving with age over 8 or 10 to even 20+ years. We hope you agree that this intriguing wine is worthy of the attention it continues to garner and that you’ll share it with your wine-loving family and friends.

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Black Russian Red - Available Vintages
2013 Black Russian Red, 36 Month Reserve

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.

Learn more about Black Russian Red, a blend of Saperavi & Sereksiya Charni »

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SKU: 2013-BRR-36
2013 Black Russian Red

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.

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SKU: 2013-BRR
2015 Black Russian Red
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SKU: 2015-BRR
2014 Black Russian Red

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.

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SKU: 2014-BRR
2011 Black Russian Red

Aromas and flavors of ripe blackberry, elderberry, raspberry and cranberry are interwoven with sweet oak and velvety tannins. The finish lingers on and on. This is an exciting and vibrant youthful wine that can look forward to a long life ahead. Enjoy now and easily through 2021.

Learn more about the rich history of Black Russian Red here.

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$110.00
 
SKU: 2011-BRR
2010 Black Russian Red
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$125.00
 
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2009 Black Russian Red
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$80.00
 
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2008 Black Russian Red
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$125.00
 
SKU: 2008-BRR
2006 Black Russian Red
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$85.00
 
SKU: 2006-BRR