I hadn’t been to Lamoreaux Landing in almost a decade. Not because I didn’t enjoy the wine the first time, but because I rarely made it over to the Northeast corner of Seneca Lake, and when we did, we were trying new places. This time, I was excited that we had enough stamina to push through and finish off our day of tasting with a stop at Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars.
About Lamoreaux Landing
Founded by Mark Wagner, Lamoreaux Landing started producing wine from their own vineyards in 1990, and opened the large tasting room overlooking Seneca Lake in 1992. They have 20 estate vineyard blocks, growing everything from Riesling to Grüner Veltliner. The winery has a strong focus on sustainability, and they always minimize the use of pesticides, fertilizers, and other synthetic materials. The goal is to make decisions that will produce crisp, dry wines without having to harm the natural system.
Tasting at Lamoreaux Landing
When we bellied up to tasting bar, after taking a few minutes to oooh and ahhh over the view of the lake, we were faced with a tasting decision. You can either do a tasting of their standard list, which includes six samples, or a tasting of three of their specialities. We decided to split this between our group so we could try both levels.
We started with the 2016 Dry Rosé, because it’s Spring and Rosé is so hot right now. The nose is full of watermelon rind and melon- a different note than what I usually expect from Rosé. On the palate you could taste the Cabernet Franc as the wine left you with peppery and cherry notes, with a lingering creamy texture.
Next up was the 2016 Dry Riesling, which has a restrained nose of peach and clementine, with hints of mineral and citrus on the palate and a mid to low acidity.
We compared this against one of their specialty wines, a 2009 Semi Dry Riesling that is full of petrol, honey, apricot, and peach jam on the nose. A complete different experience. On the palate, there was a lovely lingering acidity and notes of apple and melon.
We had to try the 2016 T23 Unoaked Cabernet Franc since we had just been sampling variations at Shaw Vineyard and Red Newt Winery. It leads with notes of cherry, light plum and just a touch of cranberry, and on the palate is spicy with a mid low tannin and a smooth finish.
We compared this with the 2011 T23 Unoaked Cabernet Franc to see how age impacted it, and we were pleasantly surprised to find that wine aged in stainless steel gets really interesting over time. It had some similarities in the nose, but the notes of spice and overall flavor were amplified without being overpowering. The tannin was slightly more apparent, which helped balance the bolder flavors.
We finished our tasting with the 2009 Brut because we can’t resist bubbles. Made in the traditional method using 58% Chardonnay and 42% Pinot Noir, the nose has notes of crusty bread, citrus, bright lemon, and a hint of nuttiness. When sipped, it has delicate bubbles and a creamy texture, but with a nice acidity that leaves you wanting more.
Planning Your Visit
Hours: They are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
Tasting Fees: $5 for six samples from their standard list, $5 for three samples from their specialty list, or $2 per taste of the specialty list.
Group Tastings: I didn’t see a policy, but I would call ahead if you’ve got a large group.
Wine Prices: The wine by the bottle ranges from $13.99 for their white blend to $45 for their older red wines.
Other Amenities: You can get wine by the glass to enjoy while staring at their amazing view, and they have some snacks for purchase.
I’m really glad we finally went back to Lamoreaux Landing. It was fun comparing the specialty and standard wines, though I may stick to the specialty list and try the ones I missed next time (and I will definitely be back when I can actually drink a glass of the bubbly).
Also… we got to see a white deer on the way home! How cool is that?!?!