Limited production single vineyard reserve wine crafted from grapes grown at Hobbit Hollow Farm on Skaneateles Lake. Elegant wine with hints of raspberries, rose petals, Bing cherries, and strawberries on the nose, followed by more cherries and fresh pomegranate on the palate, and medium tannins on the finish.
-92 points, James Suckling
Elegant wine with hints of raspberries, rose petals, Bing cherries, and strawberries on the nose, followed by more cherries and fresh pomegranate on the palate, and medium tannins on the finish.
Hobbit Hollow Vineyard is located on the west side of Skaneateles Lake, directly on the lakeshore. The vineyard’s high altitude and northern location means slightly cooler summer temperatures. This wine is a tribute to the late Paul Wellington, the former Hobbit Hollow vineyard manager who planted the vineyard in 1998, and nurtured the vines in subsequent years. Pinot Noir can only evolve into a beautiful wine with proper care and devotion in the vineyard and Paul was the perfect steward for this grape. While 2012 was Paul’s final vintage, his gentle spirit and peerless commitment continue to speak through the vines and carry forth his legacy in the resulting wines.
The grapes were hand-picked in the early morning hours in small individual picking lugs, then brought to the winery and optically sorted. The optical sorter used cameras to evaluate the color and texture of each berry, and selected only the best possible fruit. The stems were hand-sorted to select those we wished to include in the fermentation. The selected fruit and stems were 50% whole cluster fermented for an average of 14 days, then basket pressed and gently gravity-flow transferred into barrels for 12 months of aging in Francois Freres French oak barrels. The wine was then bottled under the Vino-Lok glass closure to preserve the essence of the wine.
92 Points, James Suckling
||50% Whole Cluster