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2011 a good year for Rooster Hill so far

PENN YAN, NY (Monday, April 11) – It’s only April, but 2011 has already proven itself to be a very good year for Rooster Hill Vineyards.Since Amy and David Hoffman opened Rooster Hill in May 2003, it has become one of the most respected wineries in the Finger Lakes region. Wines crafted by Rooster Hill winemaker Barry Tortolon have won hundreds of medals over the past decade and have been highly and repeatedly praised by the nation’s wine press.This year is no exception. The accolades for Rooster Hill keep pouring in as the Keuka Lake winery continues to turn out celebrated wines of different varieties. Here’s a partial list of the honors so far in 2011: Last month, it was announced that Rooster Hill’s 2009 Estate Grown Cabernet Franc had received one of the highest scores ever given to a Finger Lakes wine at the Beverage Tasting Institute’s 2011 World Wine Championships in Chicago. Based on a Feb. 21 tasting, the wine received a rating of 94, won a Gold Medal and was judged as “exceptional.” It was also selected as a “Best Buy.” James Molesworth, a senior editor at Wine Spectator, the nation’s most respected wine magazine, gave Rooster Hill’s2009 Dry Riesling a rating of 88. In late January, Molesworth described this wine as “A very pure, floral style, with jasmine and honeysuckle flavors followed by light pear and green apple fruit notes. The finish is pure and brisk.” At the 2011 American Fine Wine Competition, Rooster Hill’s 2007 Estate Lemberger and its 2008 Estate Riesling both won Silver Medals. The fourth annual competition, “celebrating only the finest American-made wine,’’ included judging Jan. 16 and 17 and a gala dinner Feb. 12, both in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Hoffman noted that Rooster Hill was invited to participate in this competition, and that Rooster Hill and Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars were the only Finger Lakes wineries to win medals in the contest. Rooster Hill’s 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, which also competed in the Beverage Tasting Institute’s 2011 World Wine Championships, received a rating of 85 points (“Highly Recommended”) and won a Silver Medal. The rating and medal were based on a tasting by judges on Jan. 3. Rooster Hill Vineyards is located at 489 Route 54 on the east side of Keuka Lake near Penn Yan. For more details, call (315) 536-4773, e-mail info@roosterhill.com or visit the Web site: roosterhill.com.Rooster Hill is in the heart of Finger Lakes Wine Country in upstate New York. Finger Lakes Wine Country is the largest concentration of wineries east of California, boasting more than 100 wineries producing world-class wine.

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