dry riesling classique
dry riesling les alliés
pinot noir classique
pinot noir les alliés
Reviewed by James Molesworth
dry riesling classique
91 POINTS - Jasmine and mustard seed notes lead the way here, backed by a mix of yellow apple, mirabelle plum and citrus oil flavors. Shows good intensity through the finish. (Web Only - 2018)
SMART BUY & 91 POINTS - Rich and focused, with citrus oil, jasmine, yellow apple and mirabelle plum notes melded together and carrying through the straw-tinged finish. (May 31, 2018)
#31 TOP 100 WINES OF 2017
SMART BUY & 92 POINTS - 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. (Oct 31, 2017)
TOP VALUE & 91 POINTS - Jasmine and citrus oil notes lead the way, followed by lovely lemon curd, white peach and yellow apple fruit flavors. The long, stony finish is very pure. (Feb 29, 2016)
91 POINTS - This is pure and piercing, featuring a gorgeous persimmon, nectarine and white peach core flanked by a lightly singed almond husk and lanolin notes, with a long, honeysuckle-filled finish. Features an exotic profile and a unique mouthfeel, but stays pure and focused overall. Thoroughly distinctive. (Dec 31, 2012)
dry riesling les alliés
92 POINTS - This shows a mature profile, with almond, yellow apple and ginger notes inside a lightly waxy frame, but still supported by a zing of acidity on the apricot-tinged finish. Distinctive. (Oct 15, 2018)
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. (Feb 28, 2018)
TOP WINE & 92 POINTS - Plump up front, with mature notes of lemon curd, marzipan and apple gelée, but this shows a taut thread of acidity and twinges of chamomile and honeysuckle through the finish for added range and energy. Displays a creamy edge, revealing a tension through the middle that imparts a distinctive feel. (Feb 28, 2017)
90 POINTS - Focused and pure, with lovely anise, ginger, blanched almond, pear and mirabelle notes that stretch through the long, mineral-edged finish. Shows excellent range and tension, delivering a very distinctive mouthfeel. (April 30, 2015)
92 POINTS - Ripe and distinctive, with a creamy edge to the Jonagold apple, heather, honeysuckle and jasmine flavors. Shows well-buried zip through the finish, adding length and definition. This is a step ahead of the pack. (April 30, 2014)
dry riesling single vineyards
2017 Leidenfrost Vineyard
90 POINTS - A jasmine note leads off in this white, followed by grapefruit gelée, verbena and white peach flavors. A nice quinine streak gives the finish some needed tension. (January 31, 2019)
2017 Peach Orchard Vineyard
91 POINTS - Mustard flower, white peach, verbena and green almond notes give this a distinct profile, while a creamy frame and a lingering quinine streak add range and length. (January 31, 2019)
2017 Breakneck Creek Vineyard
91 POINTS - Juicy and vibrant, with jasmine-gilded yellow apple, melon and mirabelle plum flavors backed by flashes of verbena and green almond on the finish. Shows lots of range and energy. (January 10, 2019)
2016 Leidenfrost Vineyard
93 POINTS - Rich and intense, with persimmon, orange blossom, lemon curd and citrus oil flavors, this has breadth and depth, while mouthwatering streaks of quinine and chamomile give this tension and energy through the lengthy finish. (April 30, 2018)
2016 Lower Caywood Vineyard
92 POINTS - Long and lively, with a delightful display of chamomile, honeysuckle, yellow apple and quince notes underscored by fine minerality. Light wax and almond accents add range at the end. (April 30, 2018)
2016 Sawmill Creek Vineyard
90 POINTS - Offers solid ripeness, featuring notes of yellow apple, jasmine, persimmon and citrus oil. The finish is lengthy, with creamy edges offset by tension through the middle. (April 30, 2018)
2016 Wagner Caywood East
92 POINTS - Yellow apple, quince, honeysuckle and verbena notes stream through, gilded with light lemon curd and orange blossom notes. A flash of brioche adds seduction on the finish, maintaining tension and precision throughout. (April 30, 2018)
2015 Leidenfrost Vineyard
91 POINTS - On the richer side, with a mix of nectarine, tangerine and peach flavors that are broad but still have ample cut thanks to quinine, orange zest and honeysuckle notes zipping through the finish. Distinctive. (Oct 31, 2017)
2015 Lower Caywood Vineyard
91 POINTS - Rich, with layered flavors of creamed yellow apple, mirabelle plum and persimmon, backed by a lemon curd and heather-infused finish. Shows lovely paraffin and bitter almond notes in the background. (Web Only - 2017)
2015 Sawmill Creek Vineyard
90 POINTS - Mature, with a broad texture and notes of heather, ginger and cardamom emanating from the core of creamed yellow apple and persimmon flavors. The long finish shows a frank brioche accent, but has the underlying tension to pull it off. (Dec 31, 2017)
2014 Harvest Ridge Vineyard
90 POINTS - Juicy and engaging, with ginger, peach and yellow apple notes, backed by a racy melon rind edge through the finish. Solid. (Feb 29, 2016)
2014 Sunrise Hill Vineyard
TOP WINE & 92 POINTS - Pure, with yellow apple, anise, honeysuckle and jasmine notes that glisten through the long, racy finish. Shows length, cut and precision. (Feb 29, 2016)
pinot noir single vineyards
2016 Leidenfrost Vineyard
90 POINTS - Enticing, with a mix of blood orange and mulled red currant fruit that stretches out nicely over finely beaded acidity. Light wood spice, anise and incense notes weave in on the finish. (Oct 15, 2018)
2016 Sawmill Creek Vineyard
90 POINTS - Focused, with a good core of gently mulled red and black cherry fruit laced by fresh acidity and a singed sandalwood note. A light mineral edge adds length and cut on the finish. Nicely done. (Oct 15, 2018)
pinot noir les alliés
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. (Web Only - 2018)
Reviewed by Kelli White
2014 dry riesling classique
93 POINTS - Brilliant gold in hue. A low-toned, savory nose of white sage, lemon juice, oyster shell, and subtle flowers introduces this wine. The palate is dry but creamy, boasting impressive texture weight and balance. The acidity swells across the tongue, concluding on a rocky, smoky finish evocative of gun powder. (July 2016)
2013 dry riesling classique
90 POINTS - This compelling, sophisticated wine was fermented and aged in 65% neutral French oak and 35% stainless steel tank—a strategy that is quite unusual in the Finger Lakes, where most Rieslings see only steel. The result is a low-toned, complicated wine of impressive textural depth. The nose is warm and rocky, with scents of golden kiwi, fennel, wet stone, and a whiff of something industrial. The palate is dry but layered, with a soft cushion of flesh that wraps around the strident acidity. Some earth notes like baked clay come through on the long, chalky finish. With the 2014 vintage, this wine became labeled as ‘Classique.’ (July 2016)
2014 riesling sunrise hill vineyard
94 POINTS - An electric wine that lights up the palate like fireworks. The nose is flinty and vibrant, with scents of bay leaf, oyster shell, kefir lime, and ash. The palate is tense and rocky with an acidity that vibrates in the mouth and extends forever into the finish. Gorgeous. (July 2016)
2014 riesling harvest ridge vineyard
92 POINTS - Bright yellow gold in hue. An incredibly expressive wine, this Riesling offers a gregarious nose of honeycomb, chamomile, and roasted lemons. The acidity is quite driving in the mouth, despite the impressive palate weight. A powerful wine with a big personality and a long, salty finish. (July 2016)
2014 riesling sawmill creek vineyard
90 POINTS - A riper-seeming Riesling from the Forge lineup, this wine offers a nose of apple cider, sweet smoke, golden apples, and fennel pollen. Despite the warmth of the nose, the palate is quite lean and focused, with an intense, mouth-watering acidity and pert finish. (July 2016)
2014 dry riesling les alliés
92 POINTS - An exotic wine, with a nose of raw cashews, quince, lemon curd, papaya and the subtle stamp of oak. The palate is lively and layered, with great textural complexity and a palate-coating, lanolin-like quality that carries through into the finish. A unique, and interesting wine. (July 2016)
2013 dry riesling les alliés
91 POINTS - The Les Alliés is effectively Forge’s reserve wine, assembled from select lots and aged for an extra three to four months in barrel. The nose is marked by scents of warm brown spices, butterscotch, white flowers, and hard cheese. The palate is lovely, with a punchy, expressive personality and a brighter acidity than the basic 2013 Riesling. A touch of flint comes through in the finish, as does a hint of oak. (July 2016)
2014 pinot noir classique
93 POINTS - A beautiful wine that stands out as one of the best Pinot Noirs I tried from the Finger Lakes. The color is impressive for the region—a deep garnet that diminishes at the rim. The nose evokes Burgundy with its scents of sweet cherries, potting soil, and cedar. The palate displays a touch of the region’s hallmark austerity but balances that with a fair amount of polish. While there is certainly more tannin than you would see in a Burgundy, they are more suave than in most Finger Lakes Pinots. An oak signature is certainly present, and while it does not distract, I certainly wouldn’t want any more of it. Very nice, very well-made. (July 2016)
what i’ve been drinking this month
decanter, october 2019, written by andrew jefford
"The Classique 2016 is chewy, saline and long, far more structured than most Finger Lakes whites. Best of all was the single-vineyard Sawmill Creek, with its hauntingly honeyed mango and apricot scents and its palate density and strength."
USA, East Coast: The Finger Lakes – America’s Best Wine Region Beyond the West Coast
wine advocate, june 2018, written by mark squires
"[…] the Finger Lakes is America’s best wine region beyond the West Coast."
“The two clearest winners to me that I haven’t seen much of before would be Forge and Weis. Put a star and a rising rocket next to their names.”
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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."
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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."
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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."
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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."
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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."
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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."
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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."
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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."
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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."
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"The Finger Lakes region leads Pinot Noir production in New York and has carved an identity of its own."
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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."
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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."
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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."