Juicy and expressive with luscious notes of plum, red cherry, black berry and violets rounded out by cedar, oak, and slight smoke. Ripe and soft on the palate with firm, spicy tannins.
Majority of the fruit comes from Seneca Lake vineyards. The Banana Belt is a portion of land on the east side of Seneca Lake that receives the greatest amount of sun coupled with a location that is nearest the deepest parts of Seneca Lake, thereby having a greater impact on temperature. The increased temperatures ripening red varieties very well. We blend 40% of fruit from Keuka Lake. Vineyards here are shallow, shale-based soils which adds minerality, acidity, and elegance.
De-stemmed. Several Day Cold Soak.
Open-Top Stainless Steel. Temperature Controlled.
Traditional. 3 Times Daily Manual Punchdowns.
10 Months Aging. 2-4 Year Old French Oak.
Pair with Blue and Full Flavored Cheeses (Camembert, Cheddar, Gorgonzola), Lamb Chops (Grilled), Olive Tapenade, Duck (Roasted), Mushrooms, Roasted Beef (Pot Roast, Prime Rib).