Our first foray outside of the Finger Lakes! As our goal has always been to explore cool climate, not only finger lakes terroirs, we have had our eye on the impacts of this Limestone band for long time, and we finally found the vineyard we had been looking for. Dijon clones, tight spacing, low fruiting zone, tiny clusters, this vineyard has it all. America’s sweetheart grape at the moment, Pinot Noir is one of the most challenging grapes to work with. Naturally thin skin and tight clusters make it prone to disease pressure, and it can be sensitive to extreme winter temperatures. But when it is planted in the correct microclimates and tended very carefully, it flourishes. The Finger Lakes has everything we need to grow fantastic Pinot Noir, from our cool climate to our long growing season and complexity of soils.
We still believe that the Finger Lakes has the ability to make absolutely stunning, aromatic, delicate, and balanced Pinot Noir, and we are excited to explore our nuanced Niagara Escarpment! The thin skins of mean less color and tannin to extract, but certainly not less flavor, texture, weight or complexity. This is a signature grape that we try very hard to respect.