About our Wines
At 1723 Vineyards, our focus is on producing premium dry wines. Our portfolio consists of a combination of carefully selected, classic European wine grapes, as well as new, cutting edge varietals specifically bred to thrive in our warm, wet Mid-Atlantic climate. Sustainable farming is the overriding consideration for what we grow. As the old saying goes, great wine starts in the vineyard. We are first and foremost farmers.
Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Chambourcin make up the backbone of our red wine program. Thick skinned, cold hearty and disease resistant, these grapes never let us down. We also have small plantings of Landot Noir, Nebbiolo, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon that are used for limited release wines, blending purposes or special wines reserved for wine club members. All our red wines are aged in premium oak barrels harvested from trees grown in the Northwestern
Pennsylvania and the Allier forest in Central France.
Rosé & Sparkling
Our sparkling wines are produced using the classic “method champenoise” process originally developed in the Champagne region of France. A combination of Cabernet Franc and Chardonel
are used to produce both a blanc (white) and a rosé sparkling wine.
We also produce at least one traditional (still, non-sparkling) rosé each year. The grape varieties and method differ to produce a special, unique wine each year. Some years, it’s a blend of a red and white wine, such as Riesling and Merlot. In other years we use a process called saginee to
“bleed” juice from freshly harvested red grape must to produce the final wine.
Our “go to” white wine grape is Sauvignon Blanc. A Bordeaux classic, it is well adapted to the hot, wet summers that we experience here in Pennsylvania. We also have smaller, promising plantings of Albariño, Riesling and Traminette. In 2021 we’ll be adding a premium, barrel aged white wine based on a blend of Chardonel and Viognier to our tasting room lineup.
Petit Verdot 2017
This wine captures the incredibly nuance texture and vibrant aromatics of McMaster Vineyard as our very first Petite Verdot. A bright, clear garner in the glass, this vintage opens with beautiful aromas of strawberry, goji berry and blueberries, accented with notes of hibiscus and sandalwood. On the palate the black fruit tones lengthen to fresh black cherry and acai berry, joined by flavors of baking spice, hint of molasses chicory, and cocoa powder on the finish.
Merlot 2016 SOLD OUT
This Merlot leads with lovely aromas of wild strawberry and marmalade of plums with a hint of tangerine oil. The smooth entry gives way to dark cherry, plum and cloves notes with soft tannins on the palate. Specially selected American medium toasted oak barrels uplift the fruit
flavors providing texture and density with caramel, vanilla and an exquisite Creme Brulee finish.
Proprietary Red Blend 2016 SOLD OUT
Aromas include exotic spice, dark cherry, lingering plum, dried herbs, leather and earthy notes. At the palate is soft and generous, full of velvety tannins. This Merlot and Cabernet Franc blend has soft acidity through the middle palate and a long after taste that has hints of dark bitter chocolate notes.
Chambourcin Reserve 2017
Crafted with careful selection of the very best blocks, our 2017 Reserve is a nod to our Bordeaux wines. With lovely ruby colors, the 2017 Chambourcin Reserve begins with complex aromas of raspberry, cranberry, red apple skin, dried herbs, cocoa nibs and cigar box. On the palate, a lush, and mouthwatering texture underscores flavors of blackberry, plums, red currant, anise, caramel and smoke characters. Dusty mountain tannins shine through reflecting its cool
climate origins, while perfectly framing the fruit, and adding length and density to a rewarding dried fruit, bay leaf and milk chocolate finish.
Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
This complex varietal showcases garnet in color, aromas of black currant, eucalyptus, thyme and cigar are pronounced in the glass. A focused entry leads way to more savory notes including dark
cherries intermingled with roasted peppers and fresh tobacco leaf. The expansive palate culminates with a textured finish highlighting black currant and red apple skin flavors.
Cabernet Franc 2016 SOLD OUT
The 2016 Cabernet Franc is all about complexity and style displaying deep ruby colors, with an intense aroma of white pepper, black pepper, light elegant eucalyptus that collides with carob/dark chocolate flavors against a background of lightly charred, cedar oak. At the palate it reveals itself to be sweet and smooth, due to the presence of round ripe tannins, perfectly balanced and integrated with no rough edges. Elegant notes of tobacco, with hints of cigar and biter chocolate were achieved thanks to its aging on specially selected oak barrels for 12 months.