Harvest Brix 22.5º
9 months in neutral French oak barrels
August 22, 2017
Wine & Spirits
Pinot Noir 2016
This wine’s velvety cherry and sandalwood mouth-feel delicately wrap its alluring tastes upon your palate. Wine & Spirits rating to be released later in 2019 - 88 points and Year's Best Pinot Noirs - BEST BUY
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. We are expecting excellent reds with good concentration and ripe tannins. Our vineyards had excellent yields with normal berry size.
Hand picked and hand sorted, open top bin fermented punch-down, 20% whole cluster carbonic fermentation. RA17 yeast, aged 9 months in neutral French oak barrels.
Release Date: August 18, 2018