Though they are a relative newcomer to the PA wine scene, Karamoor Estate is undeniably making a splash. Located just outside of the city in neighboring Montgomery County, Karamoor utilizes 17 acres of grapes to create their European inspired style of wine. Owner Nick Karabots has invested heavily in Karamoor’s processes and pulled out all the stops in an effort to put wine from Pennsylvania on a stage to compete with the finest in the world. The 2008 Meritage was awarded a Double Gold (overall top prize) at the most recent PA Farm Show in Harrisburg this year. Not a bad start. The new state of the art winery opened in 2011 with no expenses spared. All of K’s wine is estate grown.
Tonight, I had the pleasure of meeting Karamoor’s talented winemaker, Kevin Robinson and spokesman Victor Ykoruk, a longtime advocate for PA wine. These gentlemen were offering a flight of generous pours of K’s latest offerings at a reasonable price from 6:30 to 8:30. Earth Bread + Brewery in artsy Mt. Airy was hosting the affair.
After I managed to lock down a parking space about three blocks away, I made my way to Earth Bread, located at the corner of Germantown & Durham. There was a decent crowd here for happy hour tonight. Vic & Kevin were set up at the upstairs bar with K’s latest. Two from the tap and two from bottles. There have been mixed opinions of kegged wine but personally, I think it’s a great idea. Kind of like wine bottle screw caps, some people are averse at first but I think it will grow on the majority over time. Earth Bread is among the first to offer Karamoor on draft. They serve it by the glass or half liter.
So here’s what was on the table this evening:
– Petit Verdot 2011 (Tap) – Less than one acre of grapes dedicated to the Petit Verdot. Blended w/ Merlot, this newer offering is reminiscent of Bordeaux.
– Cabernet Franc 2008 (Bottle) – Good complexity with hints of spice. May be their most popular wine. 91% CF/9% Merlot.
– Merlot 2008 (Bottle) – The 08’s overall are fantastic. A big, fruit forward punch and a smooth finish on this. 85% Merlot/15% Cab Franc.
Vic’s enthusiasm is contagious regarding Karamoor’s growing presence in the local wine market. Availability of their magnificent juice continues to spread to wine merchants, bars & upscale restaurants in Philadelphia, the surrounding suburbs and beyond.
Put Karamoor on the list of one to watch. World class? Lets start with Pennsylvania and see how it goes. But if the initial results are an indicator, K is here to stay.