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Unique Finger Lakes Distilling Vintner’s Vodka

on 07/01/11 at 11:01 am


We taste a lot of vodkas at Drink Spirits and for the most part they are all variations on the same theme: light, sweet grain flavor with a cool, clean finish. In a lot of ways it’s like imbibing pop music. Once in a while it’s nice to open a bottle and get a completely different experience. Finger Lake Distilling Vintner Vodka is like switching the music from pop to jazz with an entirely unique take on what vodka is.

Finger Lake Distilling Vintner’s Vodka (80 Proof – $28) – is distilled from grapes grown in the Finger Lakes area of upstate New York.  It’s a great wine region known for it’s German-style grapes like Gewurtztraminer and Riesling (which are both probably sources of the grapes for this vodka, although we even suspect it may be the Niagara).

From the moment you smell this vodka, it’s clear that it is something unique. The nose is lightly sweet and floral with very pronounced grape notes. If we didn’t know it was vodka we may have guessed that this was grappa or an eau de vie based on the nose. The entry is a burst of grape flavor supported by nice orange blossom floral tones and a sweet vanilla undercurrent.

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