2013 bud break followed a mild winter and continued to be a remarkably long and sunsoaked growing season in Upstate New York. Short stretches of drought and two week long temperatures over 90 degrees caused our vines to venture deep to find water. It was known as a textbook growing season and represented our inaugural vintage.
The grapes for this wine were sourced from the Lake Effect Vineyard® of Colloca Estate in the town of Sterling and Village of Fair Haven located in the northern most portion of New York State’s famed Finger Lakes Region. The vineyard is aptly named for its location along Little Sodus Bay and proximity to the Great Lake Ontario. Here the grapes benefit from the cool breezes of the lake in summer while in winter, lake effect air keeps the vines warm and the lake effect snow provides a thermal blanket to our vines. Our soils are a combination of rich glacial till and clay soils that have been tiled every third row. We planted one acre of clones 19, 115, and 667 grafted on native American rootstock 3309 on 9x5 spacing and trained the vines to vertical shoot positioning to control yield and vigour.
Neighbours, friends and family picked the perfectly ripe Chardonnay fruit in mid-Septemberof 2013, and it was immediately hauled down to the Finger Lakes where it was crushed andpressed. We also added a small parcel of Chardonnay fruit sourced from a neighbor grapegrower on Lake Ontario to help boost our low volume. We purchased new Francois Frères FrenchOak barrels and aged this wine for nine months. This luscious wine emerged that was then agedin bottle for a full year prior to release.
Our 2013 has scents of cedar and ripe plums that follows with tastes of black cherries with hints of cinnamon front and mid palate finishing with textured soft and plush tannins that round out the mouth feel.
AppelationLake Ontario (no AVA), New York State (AVA)
WineMakersAaron Roisen and Cameron Hosmer
Bottled DateSeptember 9, 2013
Release DateSeptember 26, 2014
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