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92 POINTS / “SMART BUY”
Weighty for a Riesling, with a rounded feel and layers of creamed yellow apple, white peach and persimmon flavors. Delivers energy and cut throughout, with lemon pith, citrus oil and chamomile accents filling in. Shows length and range through the finish.
— James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

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2015 Dry Riesling Classique

 

vineyards

85% east side Seneca Lake
15% west side Cayuga Lake
Soils: shale, gravelly loam and clay with limestone
 

DETAILS

Harvest Dates: Oct. 11 − 26
Hand-harvested, sorted, and whole cluster pressed
Fermented with indigenous yeasts
Residual Sugar: 0.4% RS (4 g/l)
Production: 1800 cases
Alcohol: 13% by vol.

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91 POINTS / “SMART BUY”
Rich and focused, with citrus oil, jasmine, yellow apple and mirabelle plum notes melded together and carrying through the straw-tinged finish.
— James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

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2016 Dry Riesling Classique
$19


Our most important wine aims to reveal the true nature of the vintage and to explore the terroir of lower east Seneca Lake. Working with eight different growers on ten parcels, we are still within a tight microclimate where there is harmony of flavors. Our 2016 reveals baked apples, bosc pear, quince paste, ginger and brioche.
 

vineyards

85% east side Seneca Lake
15% west side Cayuga Lake
Soils: shale, gravelly loam and clay with limestone
 

DETAILS

Harvest Dates: Oct. 3 − 19
Hand-harvested, sorted, and whole cluster pressed
Fermented with indigenous yeasts
Residual Sugar: 0.3% RS (3 g/l)
Production: 2,265 cases
Alcohol: 13% by vol.

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2017 Dry Riesling Classique
$19


Our most important wine aims to reveal the true nature of the vintage and to explore the terroir of lower east Seneca Lake. Due to our focus on this narrow 8-mile stretch of slope on the southeast side which includes 13 of our 14 Riesling vineyards, this will be our first labeling under the Seneca Lake AVA. In 2017, we chose not to make our top cuvée, Les Alliés Riesling, and de-classified our fruit in order to ensure the absolute best quality would remain in our core wine. Candied lemon, apricot peel, Asian pear, and anise join with salinity to give impeccable freshness.

You and I carry within us the genetic characters of all our ancestors, which have mixed together and made us unique, well-rounded, complex individuals. This is how our Riesling is born: it encapsulates the characteristics of all our vineyard sites and of our unfailing, passionate commitment to excellence. -LB


vineyards

85% east side Seneca Lake
15% west side Cayuga Lake
Soils: shale, gravelly loam and clay with limestone
 

DETAILS

Harvest Dates: Oct. 15 − Nov. 4
Hand-harvested, sorted, and whole cluster pressed
Fermented with indigenous yeasts
Fermented and aged in neutral barriques (57%) and in stainless steel (43%)
Residual Sugar: 0.3% RS (3 g/L)
Alcohol: 13% by vol.

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2016 Dry Riesling Les Alliés
$26


Our top cuvée is meant to showcase our favorite barrels of Riesling from each vintage. It undergoes additional bottle aging and in the end, is more reminiscent of white Burgundy than Riesling. This powerful wine packs in flavors of pear tart, tangerine, glazed citrus, slate, nutmeg and white pepper—yet it is racy and brisk enough to make your teeth hurt.

vineyards

100% east side Seneca Lake
Soils: shale with gravelly loam
 

DETAILS

Harvest Dates: Oct. 3 - 19
Hand-harvested, sorted, and whole cluster pressed
Fermented with indigenous yeasts
Residual Sugar: 0.3% RS (3 g/l)
Production: 640 cases
Alcohol: 13% by vol.

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2017 Peach Orchard Vineyard
Dry Riesling
$26


Planted in a former hub of fruit tree production, this aptly named site is the most fruit-focused of our Rieslings. Robust and round, it gives notes of quince paste, stony minerals, dried herbs, tangerine, and juicy peaches.

In a year as cold as 2017, the level of ripeness achieved by the Peach Orchard Vineyard is nothing short of wizardry. It can be explained by the magic of microclimates: situated in the immediate vicinity of the lake, the plot benefits from the temperature regulation afforded by the huge expanse of water. It also enjoys the effects of light and heat reflection which bounce off the surface of the lake and envelop this vineyard amphitheater.  Native American farmers grew orchards on this spot where peaches, cherries, and all sorts of fruits ripen effortlessly. Our 2017 Peach Orchard is an extraterrestrial for this vintage. -LB


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East side Seneca Lake - Hector
Soils: Howard gravelly silt loam
 

DETAILS

Harvest Dates: Oct. 22
Hand-harvested, sorted, and whole cluster pressed
Fermented with indigenous yeasts
Fermented and aged in neutral barriques
Residual Sugar: 0.3% RS (3 g/L)
Alcohol: 13% by vol.
Production: 100 cases

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2017 Breakneck Creek Vineyard
Dry Riesling
$26


Our first year working with this site has already shown great promise. The dramatic landscape of Breakneck Creek—cliffs and waterfalls—carved from hard layers of shale echoes in the minerality of this wine. It is dense with flavors of tropical fruits, lemon tart, chamomile, and vanilla.

As the Breakneck Vineyard produced pure sense of place this year, it seemed important that we introduce it to you.  The wine offers up outstanding minerality and a tension driven by freshness that is magnified by the total lack of sugar in our wines. -LB


breakneck creek

East side Seneca Lake - Valois
Soils: Gravelly silt loam
 

DETAILS

Harvest Dates: Oct. 27
Hand-harvested, sorted, and whole cluster pressed
Fermented with indigenous yeasts
Fermented and aged in neutral barriques
Residual Sugar: 0.3% RS (3 g/L)
Alcohol: 13% by vol.
Production: 125 cases

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2016 Pinot Noir Classique
$26


Our Classique Pinot shows the purity of the vintage, unadulterated and focused with its fresh, dark berry fruit. Attractive autumn forest scents and potpourri join with ripe plum and spiced blackberries on the nose. The wine reveals classic cool climate Pinot character with wild black cap raspberry and cranberry interlaced with notes of iron, black pepper and tobacco on a fresh, lifted frame.
 

vineyards

100% east side Seneca Lake
Soils: shale, gravelly loam and clay with limestone
 

DETAILS

Harvest Dates: Sept. 21-Sept. 29
Hand-harvested with a second manual hand sort at the winery
Fermented with indigenous yeasts
Bottled unfined and unfiltered
Production: 170 cases
Alcohol: 13% by vol.

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2016 Sawmill Creek Vineyard
Pinot Noir
$32


We consider this one of the Finger Lakes’ best sites with its close proximity to Seneca Lake and ability to ripen grapes fully and gradually. Our first single vineyard Pinot Noir from Sawmill Creek reveals robust aromas of boysenberry, black cherry, cherry pit, vanilla, earth and stone. It is substantial in the mid-palate with plum and red cherry fruit combining with sage, dark chocolate and orange notes on the long finish. Youthful, classy tannins will continue to harmonize as this complex wine comes of age.
 

sawmill creek vineyard

100% east side Seneca Lake
Soils: shale
 

details

Harvest Date: Sept. 22
Hand-harvested with a second manual hand sort at the winery
Fermented with indigenous yeasts
Bottled unfined and unfiltered
Production: 49 cases
Alcohol: 13% by vol.

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2016 Leidenfrost Vineyard
Pinot Noir
$32


After five years working with this terroir of shale, we decided to bottle a few particularly vivid barrels into a single vineyard expression. Spiced orange and candied citrus notes combine with red fruits of grilled strawberries, macerated raspberries and pomegranates. There are mineral notes of pencil lead and stone, which trace back to the rocky site. This wine is the most integrated of our Pinots early on, with a see-saw of soft, rounded tannins and fine, refreshing acidity already balanced and approachable at release.
 

leidenfrost vineyard

100% east side Seneca Lake
Soils: shale
 

DETAILS

Harvest Date: Sept. 12
Hand-harvested with a second manual hand sort at the winery
Fermented with indigenous yeasts
Bottled unfined and unfiltered
Production: 49 cases
Alcohol: 13% by vol.

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