The 2018 winter was not particularly severe with most nights staying above zero and only minor amounts of bud mortality reported. April was quite cool which kept the buds tight but a warm May ushered in bud break and a new growing season. June was fairly typical but overall conditions through July were quite dry, in fact for a few weeks the region was under a low-level drought warming. August was very warm and humid with overnight lows way above average and on August 14th-15th the southeast corner of Se-neca Lake received over 11 inches of rainfall, causing widespread dam-age. The wet weather continued straight through September and October with hardly a meaningful reprieve. The poor weather increased dis-ease pressure dramatically, presenting challenges not seen in many years.
Sourced from Atwater’s youngest Blaufränkisch vineyard, the grapes were quickly pressed after four hour skin contact. Fermented in stainless steel with VIN13 yeast.
Food Pairing Notes
The beautiful bright pink color in the glass leads to black cherry aromas with jammy strawberry and ripe, red fruit flavors.