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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.
— James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

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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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2018 Classique Dry Riesling
$19


licorice - apricot - chamomile

Our Classique is our most important wine because it reflects our work on a larger scale. Sixteen different lieux-dits, each vinified separately, are the basis of this wine and represent the DNA of Classique. This wine is like you and me—we are individually unique, but we represent all of our ancestors at the same time. We carry their traits. 

This wine reflects the substance and diversity of southeast Seneca Lake. It fermented in both vats and old oak (228 liter Burgundy barrels and demi-muids) with indigenous yeasts for several months, as is typical of our wines. Combining aromas of mineral and fruit: mango, jasmine, flint, it delivers a balanced texture, straightforward while being both long and soft.

American viticulture has the ability to deliver fantastic mineral-driven, complex, refined, long-aging, and refreshing white wines that remind of great Burgundy or Sancerre. This is Riesling, this is southeast Seneca Lake, this is Forge.


DETAILS

Harvest Dates: Sept. 30 - Oct. 20
Soils: shale, gravelly loam and clay with limestone
Hand-harvested, sorted, and whole cluster pressed
Fermented in 70% French oak barrels and 30% stainless steel tanks
Residual Sugar: 0.3% (3 g/L)
Alcohol: 12% by vol.


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2018 Classique Pinot Noir
$28


nettle - red plum - licorice

Like Les Alliés Riesling, our Classique Pinot Noir is a blend of several sites. It is a “classic” Pinot with plentiful aromas of little red fruits and a beautiful texture. It has the softness of a ripe Pinot Noir made in a cool, long ripening region. Aged in both barrels and demi-muids.


DETAILS

Harvest Dates: Sept. 21-24
Soils: shale, gravelly loam and clay with limestone
Hand-harvested, sorted, and whole cluster pressed
Alcohol: 12% by vol.
Production: 415 cases


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2018 Rosé
$18


strawberry - blood orange - watermelon

The Pinot Noir in our region is so distinctive that its bright typicity can be found in the rosé. The fruitiness of the Pinot Noir is singing and it is naturally well-balanced. I usually like pale rosés but I prefer a darker color and structure for a Pinot from the Lakes, and this is one that you can drink beyond the summer months. 


DETAILS

Harvest Dates: Sept. 21-24
16 hours of skin contact - Saignée Method
Residual Sugar: 0.15% (1.5 g/L)
Alcohol: 12% by vol.
Production: 80 cases


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2018 Peach Orchard Vineyard
Dry Riesling
$28


rosemary - white peach - quince

Peach Orchard, along with the Forge estate vineyard and Leidenfrost, is a Grand Cru site. Fermented in demi-muids, it delivers successive levels of flavors such as exotic fruits, fennel, and rose. Its finesse is obvious and consistent throughout vintages.


Peach orchard vineyard

East side Seneca Lake - Hector
Soils: Howard gravelly silt loam
 

DETAILS

Harvest Dates: Oct. 18-20
Hand-harvested, sorted, and whole cluster pressed
Fermented with indigenous yeasts in barrel
Residual Sugar: 0.3% (3 g/L)
Alcohol: 12% by vol.
Production: 130 cases


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2018 Sunrise Hill Vineyard
Dry Riesling
$28


blood orange - lemon - meringue

Woven in with its flavors of blood orange and lemon, Sunrise Hill shows a very mineral straightforward, Sancerre-like version of bone dry Riesling. 


Sunrise hill vineyard

West side Cayuga Lake - Interlaken
Soils: loam and clay
 

DETAILS

Harvest Date: Oct. 13
Hand-harvested, sorted, and whole cluster pressed
Fermented with indigenous yeasts in barrel
Residual Sugar: 0.2% (2 g/L)
Alcohol: 12% by vol.
Production: 250 cases


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2018 Breakneck Creek Vineyard
Dry Riesling
$28


saline - apple - violet

Only great, terroir-driven wines offer salinity on the palate. This is a fantastic element of freshness which is not acidity. Breakneck Creek shows this in an obvious, stylish manner. It is a “food wine” that doesn’t look like the other lieux-dits in the lineup.


Breakneck Creek vineyard

East side Seneca Lake - Valois
Soils: gravelly silt loam
 

DETAILS

Harvest Date: Oct. 18
Hand-harvested, sorted, and whole cluster pressed
Fermented with indigenous yeasts in barrel
Residual Sugar: 0.4% (4 g/L)
Alcohol: 12% by vol.
Production: 125 cases