Limited production wine crafted from grapes grown on Elaine's vineyard on Seneca Lake. Alluring aromas of strawberries, cranberries and mocha on the nose, followed by cranberries and earthiness on the palate. Long, satisfying finish with medium firm tannins.
Alluring aromas of strawberries, cherries and mocha, followed by cranberries, and earthiness on the palate. The long and satisfying finish features medium firm tannins.
The 2013 vintage began with a moderate winter, and was followed by a seasonal bud break and bloom. June brought a record-high 5 inches of rainfall, but happily, the summer months were hot with normal levels of precipitation for the region. The autumn weather was a winemaker’s dream come true. A gorgeous, dry September delivered ample sunlight and warmth which fully ripened the Pinot Noir fruit, while cool nights preserved acidity.
The gently sloping vineyard overlooks the eastern shore of Seneca Lake. Vineyard Manager, John Santos, is well known in the region as an innovator who has a deep understanding of the vines and vineyards he manages. He employs a balanced vine strategy in order to ensure appropriate yields, curtail excessive vigor, and deliver Pinot Noir grapes with intense flavors and optimum ripeness.
Grapes were hand picked into small 30 lbs baskets, then gently hand-sorted to select only the best possible fruit. The grapes were then fermented in one ton bins, where they were "punched down" by hand twice per day. Fermentation lasted for 13 days, then grapes were gently basket-pressed and the resulting wine aged in French Oak barrels for 14 months. The wine was not filtered.
97 cases made.
Pair this wine with braised short ribs over creamy polenta, or sesame coated pan-seared salmon over soba noodles.
||October 6th, 2013
|14 months in Francois Freres French Oak, 25% New
||75% whole cluster
||January 5th, 2015