We were looking forward to our return to Hamon Haven Winery. We had visited their adorable little tasting room for the first time in the spring of 2016.
Owners Andy and Carrie Hamon are such gracious hosts. Their wine list offers quite a variety. We sampled all the wines on their list:
- Sauvignon Blanc
- Seyval Blanc
- June’s Blend – a blend of Concord and Niagara
The Sauvignon Blanc was lighter in flavor with much less grapefruit than is typical. Bushmaster and I both remarked that this was a Sauvignon Blanc we could drink.
Their Merlot was dry in keeping with the varietal.
Not typical of the usual Chardonnay, while dry, theirs had a lot of fruit flavor and came off as sweeter. It was quite nice.
The Seyval Blanc was tart with discernible grapefruit flavor. It reminded us more of a traditional Sauvignon Blanc.
Their Chambourcin stole the show for me. It was rich, full of flavor, and everything I love in a Chambourcin.
At our previous tasting, Zinthiana had been my favorite. It was still a front runner, coming in a close second to the Chambourcin.
We were both intrigued with the Diamond. This is a grape we are hoping to work with this season in our own wine making. It was so full of flavor with a slight sweetness.
We were surprised to find the Catawba to be so floral in the nose. It reminded us of Traminette, but it was distinctively a Catawba.
Bushmaster hasn’t met a Niagara he hasn’t liked and this one did not disappoint.
June’s Blend was a little heavy on the Concord for our tastes but we could still appreciate how this was one of their more popular wines.
The Blackberry was such a treat. Done lighter and semi-sweet it was not syrupy or overpowering. This was another one of our favorites.
Just like last time, during our tasting we enjoyed wonderful conversation with the Andy and Carrie. It is always a great experience to speak directly with the wine maker and learn more about what goes into their wine making processes. Andy was happy to share tips for wine making and sourcing fruit with us.
Hamon Haven is such a nice little stop with some really nice wines. You’ll want to make sure you put this winery on your list!