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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 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 Les Alliés Dry Riesling
$28


pear - rose - slate

Clearly the lieux-dits are the future of Forge, but let’s not forget about Les Alliés, our blend of the best lieux-dits and most expressive barrels from the vintage. This year, Les Alliés aged in demi-muids presents a wine with incredible roundness and charm.


DETAILS

Harvest Dates: Oct. 18-20
Soils: shale with gravelly silt loam
Hand-harvested, sorted, and whole cluster pressed
Spontaneous fermentation in demi-muids
Residual Sugar: 0.4% (4 g/L)
Alcohol: 12% by vol.
Production 45 cases

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2018 Bellows Vineyard
Dry Riesling
$34


chalk - lychee - nectarine

This is our first harvest from our biointensive vineyard at our home farm at Forge. Our young vines already have the quality level found in Leidenfrost, but in a more restrained style. We believe the Forge estate vineyard is another Grand Cru in our line of lieux-dits wines. This is a broad and long wine with multidimensional flavors.


Bellows vineyard

East side Seneca Lake - Burdett
Soils: clay, limestone and shale
 

DETAILS

Harvest Date: Oct. 16
Hand-harvested, sorted, and whole cluster pressed
Fermented with indigenous yeasts in barrel
Residual Sugar: 0.25% (2.5 g/L)
Alcohol: 12% by vol.
Production: 50 cases

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2018 Railroad Vineyard
Dry Riesling
$28


almond - camphor - clementine

The very dry Railroad Riesling demonstrates how “bone dry” can be achieved on Seneca Lake, even in a cold year such as 2018. This wine will be a fantastic friend for food; its salinity will elevate many types of food. You’ll see its mineral characters grow year after year. Bon voyage!


Railroad vineyard

East side Seneca Lake - Lodi
Soils: loam with shale
 

DETAILS

Harvest Dates: Oct. 10-12
Hand-harvested, sorted, and whole cluster pressed
Fermented with indigenous yeasts in barrel
Residual Sugar: 0.15% (1.5 g/L)
Alcohol: 12% by vol.
Production: 100 cases

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2018 Navone Vineyard
Dry Riesling
$28


passion fruit - alpine - white peach

Navone Vineyard delivers stunning balance and clarity. There is a lot of freshness without excessive acidity.  It reflects how the colder places in southeast Seneca can still go to a great level of physiological ripening.


navone vineyard

East side Seneca Lake - Hector
Soils: gravelly silt loam over shale
 

DETAILS

Harvest Date: Oct. 16
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

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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 Leidenfrost Vineyard
Dry Riesling
$28


flint - lemon verbena - orange peel

A Grand Cru is always Grand, even in a challenging vintage. Leidenfrost is a Grand Cru, if not the Grand Cru. To release such fantastic quality in 2018 is a tour de force. We certainly worked hard this vintage, but this terroir really delivered great dimension.


leidenfrost vineyard

East side Seneca Lake - Hector
Soils: Lordstown channery silt loam over shale
 

DETAILS

Harvest Date: Oct. 9
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: 75 cases

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2018 Freese Vineyard
Dry Riesling
$28


anise - white flowers - white pepper

The Riesling from Freese Vineyard truly showed its potential in 2018. With a great self-identity and significant profoundness in such a cold vintage, it is a clear sign of great vines on great soil.


freese vineyard

East side Seneca Lake - Lodi
Soils: loam with shale
 

DETAILS

Harvest Date: Oct. 6
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: 50 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

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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 Bellows Vineyard
Pinot Noir
$42


morello cherry - black pepper - strawberry tea

The finesse that we get from our estate Pinot Noir makes sense given the extremely low yields we dealt with in 2018. The grapes were immaculate, a rarity in this vintage. This wine is already rivaling the Leidenfrost Pinot in our portfolio of wines—an interesting contest between two sites that are close in distance but far in micro-climate.


Bellows vineyard

East side Seneca Lake - Burdett
Soils: clay, limestone and shale
 

DETAILS

Harvest Date: Sept. 22
Hand-harvested, sorted, and whole cluster pressed
Fermented with indigenous yeasts in barrel
Alcohol: 12% by vol.
Production: 50 cases

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2018 Leidenfrost Vineyard
Pinot Noir
$32


raspberry - rose petal - spiced plum

A terroir of this pedigree will show its value in whatever variety is grown. The ultimate terroir is the one which delivers excellence in both red and white wine. The Pinot Noir from Leidenfrost is a phenomenal example of Pinot from a cool climate. It simultaneously carries the characters of the shale soils and classic nuances found in Pinot Noir. 


leidenfrost vineyard

East side Seneca Lake - Hector
Soils: Lordstown channery silt loam over shale
 

DETAILS

Harvest Date: Sept. 24
Hand-harvested, sorted, and whole cluster pressed
Spontaneous fermentation using Pied de Cuve from Forge estate vineyard
Alcohol: 12% by vol.
Production: 100 cases

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2018 Tango Oaks Vineyard
Pinot Noir
$32


bing Cherry - orange peel - chalk

The closer the vines are to Seneca Lake, the better they ripen. Very close in proximity to the lake, Tango Oaks ripens easily, even in 2018. With more femininity than Leidenfrost, it is our own little Chambolle-Musigny. When lightness is not dilution, this is when we are not too far from the truth with Pinot Noir.


tango oaks vineyard

East side Seneca Lake - Hector
Soils: clay and loam on shale
 

DETAILS

Harvest Date: Sept. 23
Hand-harvested, sorted, and whole cluster pressed
Alcohol: 12% by vol.
Production: 50 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