Light straw color, medium-sweet and packs complex aromas and flavors of honey, tropical fruit and caramel apple. Bright and silky with acidity that balances the finish.
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 Seneca Lake received over 11 inches of rainfall, causing widespread damage. The wet weather continued straight through September and October with hardly a meaningful reprieve. The poor weather increased disease pressure dramatically, presenting challenges not seen in many years.
BLENDING INFORMATION: 90% Vignoles, 10% Cayuga/Vidal 100% Stainless steel fermentation
Food Pairing Notes
Vignoles is especially nice with spicy dishes or meals with a fragrant element and a touch of heat to the spice. Asian chicken, Mexican cuisine, rubbed pork ribs, Swiss cheese, and cheesecake.
WINE BACKGROUND: Originally named Ravat 51, this grape is a cross of Seibel and Pinot de corton, a Pinot Noir clone. The vines are vigorous and moderately hardy. Producing plenty of clean fruit, the grape has thick skins and can easily hang on the vine until late fall and age without rot. Instead they become raisin-like with very sweet juice and solid acidity.