2017 Dry Riesling Classique
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
85% east side Seneca Lake
15% west side Cayuga Lake
Soils: shale, gravelly loam and clay with limestone
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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