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6 Exceptional American Wines: New reviews of great picks for $35 or less from Washington, Oregon and New York
wine spectator, November 2018, written by Julie Harans
"This is the core wine in Forge's range, a New York winery led by Rhône-based winemaker Louis Barruol of Château de St.-Cosme. It's made from grapes on the southeast edge of Seneca Lake and the west side of Cayuga Lake. Instead of the more traditional stainless steel–only aging for Riesling, this cuvée relies on 50 percent neutral French oak."
Thanksgiving Wines: A Last-Minute Checklist
The new york times, November 2018, written by eric asimov
"Dry Finger Lakes rieslings would be great additions. Look for labels like […] Forge Cellars […] their basic cuvées should sell for under $25."
Three wines to stock up on for Thanksgiving, plus 2 more to sip on warm days
the washington post, october 2018, written by dave mcintyre
"Their rieslings do not follow the Finger Lakes style of crisp, fruity and citrusy, but they are rather more substantial in body because of long, slow fermentations."
Why New York Is Becoming One of America’s Best States for Wine Lovers
travel + leisure, october 2018, written by ray isle
"A partnership between local talents Rick Rainey and Justin Boyette and acclaimed Rhône vintner Louis Barruol, Forge focuses on terroir-expressive Pinot Noir and Riesling. Their wines could go head-to-head with those from anywhere in the world. I stocked up on the smoky 2016 Forge Leidenfrost Vineyard Dry Riesling."
20 Wines Under $20: When Any Night Can Be a Weeknight
The new york times, september 2018, written by eric asimov
"The Finger Lakes has begun to attract attention around the world, drawing winemakers like Louis Barruol of Château St. Cosme of Gigondas. In the Finger Lakes, he is working with two local partners, Richard Rainey and Justin Boyette, at Forge Cellars, focusing on riesling and pinot noir. The Classique cuvée is an excellent introduction to their riesling style, bone dry yet rich, with spicy mineral and ginger flavors."
Nerve-wracking drought leads to accolades for Finger Lakes wines
democrat & chronicle, june 2018, written by tracy Schuhmacher
"Forge also achieved an unusual accomplishment in the magazine's 2018 ratings: a score of 90 for a red wine, its Pinot Noir Finger Lakes Les Alliés 2015 ($32). It was only the second 90 for a red wine in the history of the Finger Lakes."
12 Delicious Rieslings from Around the Globe
Wine Spectator, March 2018, written by Aleksandar Zecevic
"If you're not sold on Riesling yet, today's selection is a good gateway. If you're simply looking for great values, you won't be disappointed: These high-quality examples from around the world won't break the bank."
Finger Lakes winemaker gets two spots on 'Wine Spectator' Top 100 list
USA TODAY, March 2018, written by Tracy Schuhmacher
"They are doing things that haven’t been done in the Finger Lakes," Molesworth said. "I think they are showing the region a new path and doing interesting, distinctive stuff."
Don't fret about Thanksgiving wine choices — just about anything goes
the chicago tribune, november 2017, written by michael austin - download review
"From the Finger Lakes region of New York, the 2015 Forge Cellars Classique Dry Riesling ($19) is full of minerality, almond, orange zest, citrus and a whisper of smoke — soft and luscious with bright acidity and a dry finish."
the confession of a former finger lakes doubter
the cork report, september 2017, written by mikhail lipyanskiy
"This is easily the best-organized tasting we have ever had. A small group of strangers arrives at a given time, sits down at a gorgeous table and is lead through the wines, given both time and opportunity to appreciate and discuss the merits of each. Perfection."
Forge Cellars and the Terroir of the Finger Lakes
good vitis, september 2017, written by Aaron Menenberg
"These are estimably down-to-Earth types with an almost spiritual commitment to harmonizing with their land, an unforgiving land whose climate toughens the skin and head and rewards those who treat it with respect. As cheesy as it sounds, Forge’s wines have a little something extra, and I don’t think it’s unreasonable to suggest that its terroir includes these more human elements."
next napa? Winemakers see finger lakes as land of opportunity
democrat & chronicle, september 2017, written by Tracy Schuhmacher
"In reality, it’s an exciting, transformative time for Finger Lakes wine — and, by extension, for people who appreciate high-quality wines."
tackling pinot noir in the finger lakes
at forge cellars, partners from the rhône valley and new york meet the challenge
wines & vines, august 2017, written by ray pompilio - download review
"Old World tradition dating back almost 450 years in Gigondas has met up with New World viticulture in the Finger Lakes, where Vitis vinifera grapes have been grown for less than 60 years. It’s a new partnership and matches centuries-old European wine production and modern American building technology. Forge Cellars has a promising future if early efforts continue to develop as they have so far."
Red hot new york wines
from long island to the finger lakes and in between, ne wyork produces vibrant, cool-climate red unlike any others.
wine enthusiast, april 2017, written by anna lee c. iijima - download review
"The Finger Lakes region leads Pinot Noir production in New York and has carved an identity of its own."
16 Intriguing Finger Lakes Rieslings
New reviews of white wines from upstate New York
WINE SPECTATOR, October 2016, WRITTEN BY JAMES MOLESWORTH - DOWNLOAD REVIEW
"At Forge Cellars, Louis Barruol and Rick Rainey are setting a new standard in New York."
Forging Ahead in the Finger Lakes
At Forge Cellars, Louis Barruol and Rick Rainey are setting a new standard in New York
Wine Spectator, August 2016, written by james molesworth - download review
"The approach at Forge isn't new—it's been tested often enough by Barruol back home in France. But it is new to the Finger Lakes. The results are dramatic enough that the rest of the region—and you the consumer—should pay close attention."
Wine experts from Europe, Calif. open in Finger Lakes
ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE, JULY 11, 2014, WRITTEN BY JEFF RICHARDS - DOWNLOAD REVIEW
"From early on we agreed that we wanted to make Pinot Noir and Riesling only," Rainey says. "We have the high-level acidity and minerality and we want to create wine with richness, depth and complexity."
HAMMERING OUT A VISION: FORGE CELLARS BRINGS TOGETHER OLD WORLD AND NEW WORLD WINEMAKING
LIFE IN THE FINGER LAKES, SPRING, 2014, WRITTEN BY JASON FEULNER
“Forge is about the love of wine, but really this is all about the desire to do something great and everlasting”.
MOVED BY A NEW YORK WINE: FORGE CELLARS 2011 PINOT NOIR LES ALLIÉS (JIM SILVER, PECONIC BAY WINERY AND EMPIRE STATE CELLARS)
NEW YORK CORK REPORT, AUGUST 26, 2013, WRITTEN BY JIM SILVER
"It so honestly captures the essence of pinot noir I could hardly breathe — and its translation of the terroir (as only a pinot delivers it) is remarkable. It is both imperfect and wonderful."
FORGE RIESLING: THE MOST DEBATED WINE IN THE FINGER LAKES, AND WHY RIESLING CAN SUCCEED IN OAK
NEW YORK CORK REPORT, OCTOBER 24, 2012, WRITTEN BY EVAN DAWSON
"Perhaps the most endearing aspect of the Forge trio is that Barruol, Rainey and Boyette are all thrilled to engage in spirited debate about their wines. There is plenty to discuss. After tasting, of course."