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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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91 POINTS
Rich, with good intensity to the mix of apricot, nectarine and peach flavors, lined with bitter almond and ginger notes through the lengthy finish. Has weight and zip.
— James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

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2015 Dry Riesling Les Alliés
$26


Our top cuvée is designed to showcase our favorite barrels of Riesling from each vintage. Signature flavors of quince, fennel, citrus, herb and stone are dense, chewy and built for the long haul.
 

vineyards

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

DETAILS

Harvest Dates: Oct. 11 - 26
Hand-harvested, sorted, and whole cluster pressed
Fermented with indigenous yeasts
Residual Sugar: 0.3% RS (3 g/l)
Production: 262 cases
Alcohol: 13% by vol.

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90 POINTS
Alluring black tea, singed cinnamon and shaved vanilla notes meld into the core of gently mulled red and black cherry fruit. Features both silky and earthy nuances through the finish, giving this range and length.
— James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

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2015 Pinot Noir Les Alliés
$32


Using only free run juice fed by gravity, the Les Alliés 2015 is comprised primarily of fruit from the warm, shale-laden terroir of Leidenfrost Vineyards on the east side of Seneca Lake. Our top cuvée showcases the most complex barrels from the vintage, and as usual, Les Alliés is deep with minerality, spice and brawn. It ages an additional 6 months to one year in bottle.
 

VINEYARDS

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

DETAILS

Harvest Dates: Sept. 21-29
Hand-harvested with a second manual hand sort at the winery
Fermented with indigenous yeasts
Bottled unfined and unfiltered
Production: 250 cases
Alcohol: 13% by vol.

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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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