Elegant 50% whole cluster fermented wine crafted from grapes grown on Seneca lake. Dark cherries and roses on the nose, tea leaves and currants on the mid palate, medium firm tannins on the lingering finish.
Pure elegance, beginning with a nose of roses, violets, and dark cherries, followed by tobacco, tea leaves and currants on the mid palate. Beautifully structured, with medium firm tannins lingering on the long finish.
In most years, our classic 50% whole cluster fermented Pinot Noir is composed of grapes harvested from several different vineyards on different lakes and sites in the Finger Lakes. The 2014 vintage is different. A harsh winter reduced seasonal yields, and red vinifera grape production was significantly lower than normal. For this reason, the 2014 Pinot Noir is made from grapes grown only on Elaine's vineyard on the East side of Seneca Lake.
The hand-picked grapes were received from the vineyard in small individual picking lugs. We hand sorted the grapes, selecting only clusters and berries which met our quality standards. Fifty-percent of the fruit was destemmed while the other fifty-percent remained whole cluster and the blend was co-fermented in one-ton bins. Fermentation lasted for 13 days, after which point, the grapes were basket pressed and gently transferred into barrels using gravity flow methods for 11 months of aging in Francois Freres French oak barrels.
In mid-summer of 2014, we tasted through all of the individual barrels from the vintage, and selected the barrels for inclusion in the final wine. The wine was then bottled under the Vino-Lok glass closure to preserve the essenceof the wine. 143 cases produced.
Enjoy with braised shortribs over creamy polenta, slow-cooked chicken cacciatore with rustic italian bread, or wood fired pizza topped with pear slices, pancetta, toasted walnuts and mild blue cheese.
||October 3rd, 2014
|11 months in French Oak, 17% new
||50% Whole Cluster
||September 23rd, 2015