I decided to take the back roads to Dalice Elizabeth Winery traveling on Rte 165 until it intersected with Rte 164 toward Amos Lake on my quest to visit all the Connecticut wineries this year (a feat I will undoubtedly accomplish given good health and other stuff) plus getting my wine passport stamped at each winery as I go along the trail.
Once I arrived the views were spectacular with the rolling hills and trees surrounding the lake and just a short jaunt down the rock driveway was the tasting room. However, on the way I did get to see a few birds and sheep on the lawn in the distance. Just off to the right of the tasting room was a small pond, no doubt to be used by the various forms of farm animals enjoyment. I’ll bet if it’s hot enough (and it was this day) you’d be tempted to jump in to cool off a bit. Something I learned at an earlier winery – take time to smell the roses, take in those little pleasures in life. We don’t always see them but they’re around waiting for us to recognize them. Now, there I go getting philosophical – okay, back to the wine experience.
Dalice Elizabeth’s tasting room isn’t much larger than an overgrown tool shed, however it’s what is inside that counts. The decor was rustic in nature with plants and pictures and a few local products for sale and the ambiance of the small dwelling was picture perfect for a wine tasting. The tasting fee is $10 for four wines plus you get to keep their signature wine glass which was stemless. However, the day I visited the fees were only $8. This is the second winery I’ve come across so far on my Connecticut wine trips that has offered tastings from a stemless wine glass. This wasn’t quite as large as the one from another winery but large enough to really get a sense of what the wine’s all about.
So, here are the wines I tasted. I’ll have to go back and try the ones I missed (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Old Vine Zinfandel, and the Sangiovese) on this trip.
Chardonnay: Lemongrass and dried hay on the nose sort of like being in a barn with a breeze blowing through and you’re enjoying the moment. Tart apple and citrus flavors complemented the aromas with a subtle vanilla finish. A very decent white wine.
Pinot Grigio: Honey and pear on the nose leading into melon and pear flavors. This was clean and crisp. Would go well with Asian cuisine.
Cabernet Franc: Cherry aroma in an earthy tone on the nose. The palate consisted of raspberries and black currant with a smooth finish. I think I would tend to just sip this instead of serving it with food.
Syrah: A deep garnet color yielded blueberry, blackberry, spice, and smoke aromas. The palate had black berry and black currant with hints of semi sweet chocolate. Another great sipping wine but would go great with grilled meats.
And as a bonus the sommelier let me try their dessert wine.
Ice Angel: Peachy aromas with honey and apricot flavor. This was way too sweet for me, but it was good though.
Here’s to good wine, good food, and good friends…