Hand picked grapes were foot crushed, whole cluster, and put into oneton bins to ferment by ambient yeast. The grapes received once daily punchdowns for 8 days before being bucketed into the half-ton bladder press. Settled juice was pumped into old French oak barrels to finish fermentation which continued into June of 2017. In September the wine was racked off its lees and gravity bottled by hand without fining or filtration.
TASTING NOTE: 2016 Eminence Road - Pinot Noir - Seneca Lake Vineyard - Cherry and sandlewood aromas. Delicate in the mouth, very dry with concentrated cherry and cinnimon flavors. Delicate tannins and a long, dry finish.
SENECA LAKE VINEYARD: In and around Lodi, New York on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake, grower Mark Wagner maintains nearly seventy acres of vines contained in six separate plots with soils mostly composed of deeper loam over shale and limestone. Green mulching and cover crops are used to manage weeds and vines are meticulously cared for with an eye towards sustainability. These vineyards produce classic Finger Lakes wines with wonderful balance and clarity.