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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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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
$28


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
$28


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
$28


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


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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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2017 Leidenfrost Vineyard
Dry Riesling
$28


One of our purist expressions of terroir on Seneca Lake, this mature shale-laden, “Grand Cru” site continues to merit a stand-alone bottling. Intensely focused, the 2017 yields notes of candied orange peel, mango and fresh mint.

Leidenfrost encapsulates this history of wine growing and the quality it is capable of producing. Similar to Peach Orchard, the ripeness achieved this year by Leidenfrost could be likened to high performance athletes whose talent enables them to overcome rival athletes effortlessly. This is most certainly a must-try wine. -LB


LEIDENFROST

East side Seneca Lake - Hector
Soils: Shale
 

DETAILS

Harvest Date: Oct. 23
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: 250 cases

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2017 Pinot Noir Classique
$26


The 2017 Pinot Classique draws marvelous aromas of camphor, Middle Eastern spices, ripe strawberry and licorice from the shale along our hillsides. On the palate, flavors of wild raspberries, camphor, blueberries and violets are balanced and delicate, melding with natural roundness.

vineyards

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

DETAILS

Harvest Dates: Sept. 25-Sept. 27
Hand-harvested with a second manual hand sort at the winery
Partial whole cluster pressed (30%)
Fermented with indigenous yeasts
Production: 940 cases
Alcohol: 13% by vol.

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2017 Rosé
$15


Same style, different site. The 2017 is our first Rosé with Pinot Noir from Sawmill Creek Vineyard. After 24 hours, the juice was bled off of the skins using the saignée method, resulting in the structured, savory style of rosé that we enjoy.


SAWMILL CREEK

East side Seneca Lake - Hector
Soils: shale
 

DETAILS

Harvest Date: Sept. 26
Hand-harvested, sorted, and whole cluster pressed
Fermented with indigenous yeasts
24 hours of skin contact before bleeding the juice off the skins
Residual Sugar: 0.2% RS (2 g/L)
Alcohol: 13% by vol.
Production: 90 cases

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