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Sunday, November 08, 2009

Lynfred Winery - Roselle, IL - 11/7/09

Lynfred is a small winery in downtown Roselle. No grapes are grown on property and some of their labeling - "American" Cabernet Sauvignon, for example - is vague (see the comments section for info on the government regulations). The staff do have more information - sometimes down to the vineyard - available if you ask. From what I could see, a good chunk of their grapes are from Washington.

The tastings change monthly - seven pours (six wines, usually three white and three red, but that varies, plus one fruit wine) go for nine bucks. There are a few different snack boxes for five bones, and I think they do a few other premium tasting deals from time to time. These prices are lower for members of their various buying clubs - which is the promise of buying one bottle a month, at a discount, with no added fee, so if you dig what they do, it's worth getting into.

The bar and tasting area are large, but they get crowded. I'd guess going in the afternoon of a weekday would probably be your best bet for comfort and small crowds.

2007 Gewurztraminer - A fairly big nose reminiscent of a fuzzy naval. Peachy, pink apple, apricot, a bit hot, and a tad short of acid for my liking, but no complaints. A bit of heat on the finish, plus some nice vanilla and honeysuckle qualities come through.

2008 Sauvignon Blanc - The nose brings grass, slate, and lime. Good acid but with a slightly viscous mouthfeel. Lime and citron qualities with a bit of grass and perhaps some honeydew. Grassy finish with some clear limeade - not lime, but limeade things going on.

N/V Oktoberfest - Golden apple and green grape on the nose. Light pineapple on the palate - very light, like watered down pineapple juice. Beyond that, this had a distinct grapple taste - a grapple is a strange genetically modified apple designed to taste like grapes. It winds up tasting like both and neither at the same time - this brings it both on the palate and finish.

N/V Rose - Strawberry all over, I'd almost guess this was infused with them. Nice acid, a bit of sugar, a hint of tannin, and some bitter grapeseed make this a wine I think is well made but just didn't quite work to my palate.

2005 Merlot - Garbage and plum on the nose. Loads of black pepper with big tannins (I'd probably wait a year or two before opening this one). For fruit, we get black cherry and plum.

2006 Cabernet Franc Reserve - An earthy nose. Fairly earthy with cherry and clove on the palate. I was excited to try this one, but it paled next to many of the comparably priced Michigan Cab Francs we've had.

Mango - Many wine buffs turn their noses up at fruit wines. I am guilty of this attitude because, let's be blunt, it's a legit thing to be snobby about. Lynfred, though, makes some excellent fruit wines. Are they "wine"? No. Are they well crafted alcoholic beverages? Absolutely. This mango wine obviously tastes like mango, but it also could easily pass for a (admittedly odd) Riesling or Gewurz. Vanilla notes come through on the finish.

No complaints at all. Lynfred is a worthwhile spot to try out if you're anywhere near Chicagoland.


Anonymous said...

Nice post, two comments..

My understanding was that what is referred to as the labeling vagueness is due to the governmental restrictions?

The wine club (and they have at least three kinds, maybe four -- Reds, Whites, Fruits and then All) commitment is for only ONE bottle per month. If you choose to have it shipped, they wait and send two months together to save customers $hipping.

An Illinois Wine Appreciator!

thewineauxs said...

I fixed the wine club info to reflect only one bottle is required. Thanks for that.

Not sure about the legal side of labeling - though it would certainly make sense.

Lynfred Winery & Bed and Breakfast said...

Nice blog wineauxs! An Illinois Wine Appreciator is correct about the government regulations on 'American' labeling. Unless the grapes are made in our state, or a state contiguous to us, we do have write 'American' on the label. If the grapes are from Illinois or Michigan we are allowed to say so. We try to heavily educate our staff to share the grape facts with our customers.

Cheers and have a GRAPE day!

Christina at Lynfred

thewineauxs said...

Many thanks Christina - I have modified the post to reflect this. This is good to know, you learn something new every day.

sweetwines said...

I am glad to see that the wineauxs who appear to like their red wines also appreciate the fruit wines. I think the fruit wines are a great change of pace and for beginning wine drinkers

thewineauxs said...

If you're into fruit wine, a worthwhile spot in southern Illinois is Pomona -