“We’re floored. Just our second vintage and we’re able to show off the great fruit and wine that can be produced in our little corner of the world”, says Jonathan Oakes co-winemaker of Leonard Oakes Estate Winery after being told of the prestigious award from the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. The cold-hearty Frontenac grape produces a deep red wine with great viscosity and intensity of character. The 2007 Frontenac boasts aromas of raspberry, cherry, and overripe red apples that dominate the nose, with a delectable strawberry jam in the distant background. Luscious flavors of brown sugar and blackberry are found in the finish. This unique wine will stand up to foods with strong flavors such as spice rubs and marinades and it pairs remarkably well with dark chocolates!
Co-winemaker Domenic Carisetti was equally proud of silver medal winners 2007 Meritage, a Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc blend, and the Frosé, a innovative Frontenac rosé. The 2007 Chambourcin also took home Bronze.
Wendy Oakes Wilson, president of the winery, stated that “the Oakes family has a 90 year history of ties to agriculture and the land in the northwest corner of Orleans County. In 2003 we planted our first wine grapes. From that initial planting of six acres and fourteen varieties has evolved into what is known today as Leonard Oakes Estate Winery.” Leonard Oakes Estate Winery is a member of the Niagara Wine Trail and their tasting room is located at 10609 Ridge Road (Route 104) in Medina, NY.