LaBelle Winery racks up 3 more awards

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September 22, 2010

AMHERST – With four new wines already released in the 2010 season, LaBelle Winery has just added three new awards from the Indy International Wine Competition.

More than 2,664 wines were submitted to this year’s competition.

The three wines submitted to the competition represent three of LaBelle’s newest offerings: Halcyon, Three Kings and Corazon. The winery is known for its unique fruit wine blends, and these three are no exception.

Halcyon is a balanced blend of Riesling with 10 percent apricot wine. This fruity and easy-to-drink combination earned its first medal – a silver.

A second silver medal was awarded to the Three Kings triple berry port. This complex and fruity port-style wine has received much praise at the winery’s once-a-month open house, and combines 57 percent red raspberry wine, 21 percent blueberry wine and 22 percent Marechal Foch red grape wine, and has been fortified with apple brandy. A dessert wine named for the Three Kings in winemaker Amy LaBelle’s life – her husband and two sons – this wine was also awarded a bronze medal at the Eastern States Exposition.

The final medal was awarded to Corazon, an American blush table wine, and a marriage of Seyval Blanc with 5 percent red raspberry wine. What sets this wine apart is its bluish color, but dry character. The wine previously won a bronze medal at the Eastern States.

LaBelle Winery released two other new wines earlier this season and will add one more in September.

April brought the release of a riesling. The new wine earned a bronze at the riesling-only competition in Finger Lakes in May and a silver medal at the Eastern States.

Granite State White, LaBelle Winery’s answer to chardonnay, was introduced in June.

September will see the final new addition, Virginia Mae Sweet Blueberry, which will be a full-bodied rich wine that isn’t too sweet, but gives the deep flavors of blueberry. A portion of this wine’s proceeds will be donated to Lou Gehrig’s disease research in memory of the wine’s namesake, Virginia Mae Procon Fois.

With a total of 21 medals this season, the LaBelle Winery collection now boasts 42 awards. To sample any of the new wines and award winners, visit any of the free monthly open houses.