This package celebrates Presque Isle's 50 years of great winemaking and leadership in the Pennsylvania Wine Industry with some fascinating special edition wines that showcase the best of our region's varietals and vineyards. These wines exemplify how far we have come in our first 50 years and where we can go in the next 50. A perfect gift for any discerning wine lover who knows already or could stand to discover that great wines worth getting to know are being made in Pennsylvania.
Includes 1 bottle of Saudade, 1 bottle of Härbinger, 1 bottle of Ancestrale, and 1 bottle of Dornfelder
Saudade (So-dah-jay) is a lovely Brazilian word that means a fond and nostalgic longing for people and things that are absent or gone. In this our 50th anniversary year, we have created an exquisite and masterful blend of our best varietals – Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot – selected from three of our best local vineyards. We’ve named this exceptional wine Saudade in honor and fond remembrance of our retired founder, Doug Moorhead, father of the Pennsylvania wine industry, and of the heady days 50 years ago when it all began for us. Saudade shows just how far we and our grower partners have come.
This old world Bordeaux style wine is the synthesis of 5 decades of tending vines and making wines in the Lake Erie AVA. It is round and exceptionally well-balanced with firm tannins and a multi-layered flavor profile including notes of blackberry, black currant, anise/fennel, tobacco leaf, olive, and subtle vanilla, with medium-full body and a velvety mouth feel with a luscious oak-fruit balance. The color is a lovely deep garnet.
Enjoy with grilled and roasted beef and lamb with garlic and rosemary, veal and venison, steak pies and hearty stews. Also pairs nicely with mushrooms, haricot verts, bacon and eggs, and hard aged cheeses.
A harbinger is a herald of the future; an originator of change. As we look forward to our next 50 years, we continue the quest started by our founder, Doug Moorhead, for varieties that fit and thrive in our region's terroir and produce memorable wines. Several Austro-German varieties are proving to be happy transplants to our Lake Erie vineyards and will be the source of many exceptional wines in the years to come, creating a unique signature for our region. Härbinger, the second wine of our 50th Anniversary Special Edition Series, is a blend of three of these new varieties – Dornfelder, Zweigelt, and Regent – and celebrates the mastery achieved in our first 50 years and the promise of the next 50.
Härbinger is deeply-colored and full-bodied with an initial burst of dried orange peel followed by dark berries. Light oak and firm tannins round out the flavor profile to give the wine a well-balanced structure. A versatile wine with any meal, especially as a counterpoint to grilled meats and roasted vegetables.
Ancestrale is the third wine in our 50th Anniversary Series. Riesling was one of the first classic European varieties successfully grown in the Lake Erie Region and our 2019 Riesling grapes had a character that was perfect for a Pét-Nat style sparkling wine. Honoring the deep roots that both Riesling and Presque Isle Wine Cellars have in the region, this wine is made in the centuries-old Méthode Ancestrale fashion that produces a rustic sparkling wine with a direct expression of Riesling’s clean, fruity varietal character with each bottle having its own personality. Serve very well-chilled for your own celebration of the goodness of life with family and friends.
We’ve added our Dornfelder to the package as a plus-one bonus because Dornfelder is a wonderful wine that we think will play prominently in the next 50 years for our region and it is having its 40th Anniversary this year as a cultivated variety. Our recent Dornfelders have won many prestigious honors including Top 10 PA Wines in 2020, Double Gold at the 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Competition, and Pennsylvania’s Best Red and a 90 Rating from James Suckling in 2018. This relatively new German variety, not often found on American wine store shelves, grows wonderfully in our region and is a real must-try for all wine adventurers. Our Dornfelder was aged in both French and American oak barrels, boasting hints of rich berries and aromatic spices. Ending in a pleasant dried-cherry and light tannin finish, this vintage can be enjoyed nicely on its own or paired with game and red meat cuts.
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