Deer Run Winery submitted four wines to be scored by the Beverage Testing Institute (BTI) and each of the wines entered, 2018 Riesling, 2019 Marquette, Conesus White, and Runway Red, garnered a Silver Medal and received the distinction of being "Highly Recommended" and rated a "Best Buy". BTI is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois and has a panel of professional judges who rate spirits, wine and beer. Blind tastings are performed in a manner of randomly selected flights and judges sample no more than 30 beverages in a climate controlled setting over a 2 to 3 hour period. The reviews published below are those given by the professional panel of judges at the Beverage Testing Institute covering the 2021 New York Wine Classic:
Deer Run Winery 2018 Riesling - 87 Points, Silver, Highly Recommended, Best Buy
"Straw color. Aromas and flavors of fallen apples and lemons, floral honeycomb, exotic tropical fruits, and radish with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-long finish displaying suggestions of honeyed dried peach, starfruit, hint of herbs, and minerals with no oak flavor. An intriguingly earthy and uniquely flavorful Riesling that delightfully dances to its own beat."
Deer Run Winery 2019 Marquette - 87 Points, Silver, Highly Recommended, Best Buy
"Ruby black color. Interesting aromas and flavors of honeyed black raspberries, nettles, mace and cinnamon bark, blood and ink, and vanilla extract with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish conveying accents of marinated beets and olives, pomegranate, grilled carrots, and turnip greens and stems with light oak flavor. A dry, super savory red that will excel with game."
Deer Run Winery Conesus White - 88 points, Silver, Highly Recommended, Best Buy
"White gold color. Sweet aromas of white grapes, pineapple slices, watermelon candies, and quince with a supple, vibrant, dry light body and a polished, interesting, medium-length tangy citrus relish and pressed flowers finish with no oak flavor. A outgoingly fruity yet bone dry white that offers crowd-pleasing flavor to all."
Deer Run Winery Runway Red - 87 Points, Silver, Highly Recommended, Best Buy
"Burnt sienna color. Roasted aromas of melted toffee, caramel macchiato, bubbly berry pie crust, and brown butter with a round, lively, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long artisan pickles, roasted berry and citrus, and spiced nuts finish with crunchy, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A lively and mouth watering red that will invigorate at the table."
Each of these wines are available for purchase at Deer Run Winery and some may be found in your local liquor store.
A "Best Buy Four Pack" which includes each of the wines rated above is available for purchase from Deer Run Winery and may be purchased here.
I am the winemaker's wife. Scott and I married in 2014 and I transitioned from a hospitality manager to a grape farmer's wife, event coordinator and blog author.