continues to be our best selling wine. This year’s
vintage opens up with notes of fresh cut pine, nutmeg, and
black fruit on the nose with a hint of aged tobacco. On the
palate the lush mouth-feel and dusty tannins dissolve into
ripe berries and plums with discernible blackberry and bay
leaf on the finish. Pair this extremely versatile wine with
dark meat fowl or game with fruit sauces, burgers on the
grill, or glazed plums with caramel sauce.

Growing Conditions

On the heels of an unseasonably mild winter, a late frost
kicked off the 2016 growing season in the Fingerlakes. This
caused some stress in the form of bud loss, but as late spring
moved into summer we saw what was to become one of the
most intense droughts ever seen in this region. High heat, sun
filled skies, and virtually no rain whatsoever, for all intents
and purposes, eradicated any disease pressure while forcing
the root systems of our mature vines ever deeper into more
nutrient rich soil and concentrating deep, rich and intense
flavor in the fruit. Early fall was equally dry and harvest kicked
off with a bang. Moisture did arrive toward the end of the
season, bringing the fruit to beautiful maturity. All in all 2016
resulted in smaller than average yields, but quality was
absolutely, mouth-wateringly, phenomenal! We look forward
with eager
hearts and taste buds to enjoy the results of the 2016 growing


Bottling Date: 8/17/17


Aged for 8 months in 6% New American oak, 20% 1 yr old
French oak & balance of neutral oak barrels.