My Favorite Local Winery of 2009 was Travessia Urban Winery, located in downtown New Bedford. The owner Marco is a passionate man, truly interested in producing the best wines that he can. Plus, he only uses locally grown grapes. I have previously raved about his wines, and had an opportunity at the Boston Wine Expo to taste two of his newest wines.
What was most interesting was to see the variation of these two wines due to the vintage. I had tasted the 2007 vintage of both of these wines, and now was getting to taste the 2008 vintage. Each wine had significant differences from the previous vintage.
The 2008 Semi-Sweet Vidal Blanc, which will be released in the spring, was off-dry, with only hints of sweetness. It was drier than the 2007 vintage. It had nice citrus flavors with a touch of floral. Marco feels that this vintage is more varietally correct, the way the Vidal Blanc should show itself. For myself, I enjoyed this wine better than the 2007, as I generally prefer a drier wine. The light sweetness though would still help if this wine were paired with some spicy Asian food.
I should note that the 2007 Unoaked Chardonnay was one of my favorite Travessia wines. So I was hopeful when I tasted the 2008 Unoaked Chardonnay that it would reach the same heights. The 2008 was good, with nice fruit flavors of green apple, melon and lemon, but it was not as vibrant and complex as the 2007. It still is a good wine, an easy drinking wine which would also pair well with food, but it just didn't rise to the excellence of the previous vintage.
Check out the wines of Travessia Urban Winery and support an excellent local winery.