Boundary Breaks “Harmonic Red” 2016: $22 Very Good

In the past year, Boundary Breaks has been transformed.  Originally, the winery grew and sold only Riesling.  This exclusive focus on Riesling was its marketing plan.  Apparently, the Riesling scheme didn’t work out as well as hoped, for it now offers a wide range of wines, from a sparkling cuvée to this red blend.  The Boundary Breaks Vineyard “Harmonic Red” (Finger Lakes, NY) 2016 $22 [Very Good] is a solid wine, with berry liqueur flavors and a slight sour streak.  It is best with food.  It will work well with meat recipes that include a little balsamic vinegar or pomegranate molasses, such as Pomegranate-Glazed Lamb Meatballs.

Medium dark ruby in color, the aromas have a sweet confectionary or liqueur-like quality, with scents of blueberry, raspberry and black currant inflected with cedar, cocoa, graphite and a touch of acetic acid.  Medium to full bodied, soft, with light to medium gritty tannin, balance is good. Flavors of blueberry, raspberry and cassis have very good intensity and a sweet liqueur-like quality.  This fruit is accented by cocoa, cedar and herbs. The finish is soft and gritty, with very good persistence of slightly sour berry fruit.  March 2018

Note: This wine is a blend of Merlot (44%), Cabernet Franc (36%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (20%).


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