Crafted from grapes grown on our sustainably farmed limestone-rich estate vineyard. Deep nose of dark cherries and chalky minerality, along with hints of candied oranges, dried sage and allspice on the nose. The cherries continue on the palate, along with dark plums and black currant compote and a beautiful interplay of chalk and fruit. Full, fine tannins on the long, dry finish. Elegance in a glass.
96 points - James Suckling (highest rated NYS red wine in a major publication)
Deep nose of dark cherries and chalky minerality, along with hints of candied oranges, dried sage and allspice on the nose. The cherries continue on the palate, along with dark plums and black currant compote and a beautiful interplay of chalk and fruit. Full, fine tannins on the long, dry finish. Elegance in a glass.
At Heart & Hands, our greatest desire is to craft the most pure, terroir driven Pinot Noir from our vineyard on Cayuga Lake. In 2007, this journey began with a quest: to find the optimal potential vineyard site on land rich with limestone bedrock. We discovered a narrow thread of Onondaga Limestone along the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake. Today, this limestone runs beneath our vineyard, and provides the perfect foundation for great Pinot Noir. The soils provide nutrient accessibility to the vines during the growing season while the west-facing slope provides optimal late-day sun intensity. Out of respect for the land, and our environment, we farm the vineyard sustainably, without the use of herbicides and insecticides. he vineyard is planted to seven Dijon clones of Pinot Noir, which are evenly distributed across the upper, middle and lower vineyard blocks.
We handpicked the grapes into small 30-pound picking lugs. We normally use an optical sorter to select only the best fruit, but we elected not to do so because the fruit was in perfect condition. We fermented each vineyard section separately in several one-ton bins, and within each vineyard section, we isolated the Pinot Noir clones when feasible. After fermentation, we pressed and transferred the wine into neutral French oak barrels for 14 months of aging. We consider this to be the most exceptional Pinot Noir we have produced to date.
The name of our Estate Reserve wine, Mo Chuisle, is a Gaelic phrase, and translates literally to “My Pulse” or colloquially to “My Darling”. It is our great pleasure to share this wine: a long-tended dream, finally brought to life.
96 Points - James Suckling
||September 29 - October 1st
Francois Frères French oak, all neutral barrels
||100% Whole Cluster
||November 29th, 2021