September 13, 2016
Harvest Brix 20º
September 30, 2016
Pétillant Naturel 2016
Aromas of lemon, apple and honeysuckle with bright flavors of citrus, apple and pear. Pét-Nats have a light and fizzy mouthfeel and are generally low in alcohol.
After a mild winter with little snowfall and an uneventful spring, the word of the year in the Finger Lakes was drought. Classified as being under ‘extreme drought’ according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, June and July recorded 1 inch of rain or less in both months. Although the hot, dry summer put some stress on vineyards, we enjoyed excellent yields and relatively low disease pressure resulting in a very clean crop. These conditions also accelerated the ripening process. Overall, it was a ripe year with clean fruit, high sugars and low acids. Our vineyards had excellent yields with normal berry size.
50% Chardonnay 50% Riesling
Hand-harvested, estate grown Chardonnay and Riesling was 100% whole-cluster pressed and fermented together using a house grown starter culture. At 1.6 brix, the wine was bottled unfiltered and allowed to finish fermentation in the bottle for carbonation. After 3 months, the bottles were riddled and disgorged to remove sediments and recapped. No sulfur was added. Some sediment is expected and residual sugar and alcohol will vary by bottle in this wine style.
This wine is the product of our assistant winemaker George Nosis and his brother Ryan designed the stylish label. Limited quantities available for purchase on this inaugural wine. The wine can benefit from a couple of years in bottle, though will not develop with further aging. The bottles are often cloudy, due to remaining lees presence and lack of filtration. Pét-Nat production is extremely variable and the end result is a raw, rustic, and lively wine, reflective of the terroir from which it came.