Ted Berkowitz + Cornelia Cuvée

February 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

The fiery hand of Ted Berkowitz has steadily chronicled our Café since he first wandered downstairs in the early oughts. An exhibition of his work, variegated figures caught in between glances and strikes of the keys, opens at 5:30 this Tuesday eve in our back room.

That same night at 7, we celebrate the birth of Cornelia Cuvée. After decades of tasting, and many awards for our wine list, we have finally succeeded in putting our name behind, and our labels on, two wines grown and vinified for us in California by the Millbrook Winery which makes some excellent New York State wines less than 90 miles up the Hudson from us.

They own vineyards in California, where they make a small amount of exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Our designer John Morrison in tandem with Wine Czar/Minister of Culture/Dean of Faculty Robin Hirsch has designed these beautiful labels

Appellation: Central Coast, California

Clones: Pommard, David Bruce, #667 and Calera Burgundian Dijon clones

Blending Information: 100% Pinot Noir

Harvest Date: Sept. 17, 2009

Harvest Brix: 24.5 degrees

Time in Oak: 8 months

Bottling Date: June 24, 2010

Sensory Evaluation: The cooler temperatures California’s Central Coast vineyards make this the ideal site for cool climate varietals like Pinot Noir. Ripe flavors of cherry, plum and strawberry and soft tannins encompass this well-balanced wine.

Appellation: Central Coast, California

Clones: #76, #95, #96 Burgundian
Dijon clones

Blending Information: 100% Chardonnay

Harvest Date: Oct. 1, 2010

Harvest Brix: 24.2 degrees

Time in Oak: Oak was not used

Bottling Date: April 30, 2011

Total Production: 667 cases

Sensory Evaluation: Bright and floral on the nose with a touch of ripe peaches and pear. On the palate, the wine is fresh with good richness and flavors of exotic fruit.

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