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Vintage Report

2016Vintage

2016 Vintage

A mild winter was followed by a late April bud break and early June bloom.  Spring and summer were unseasonably hot, with little to no rainfall.  As summer progressed, much of the Finger Lakes region was under an Extreme Drought classification from the National Weather service.  Some well-timed rain in September allowed the grape clusters to add weight.  The lack of moisture produced smaller berries with great flavor intensity on both varieties: the Pinot Noir is dark and rich, while the Rieslings are vibrant and broad.

PINOT NOIR RATING: TBD

RIESLING RATING: TBD

2015Vintage

2015 Vintage

The vintage began with a cold winter, followed by a cool, rainy spring, a seasonal bud break and a June bloom.  Summer delivered significant heat and sun, bringing ripening back on pace with regional norms.  September and October were dry, with warm days and cool nights, which ripened grapes while preserving acidity.

PINOT NOIR RATING: A+

RIESLING RATING: A-

2014Vintage

2014 Vintage

A historically cold winter diminished the fruitful bud counts on Pinot Noir.  Normal levels of precipitation throughout the growing season led to a warm dry stretch which began in late August and stretched midway into October.  The bounty of late-summer sunlight fully ripened the fruit, while the cool autumn nights preserved balance and acidity.

PINOT NOIR RATING: A

RIESLING RATING: A

2013Vintage

2013 Vintage

A moderate winter was followed by a seasonal bud break and bloom.  Early summer brought a record-high 5 inches of rainfall in June, but the rest of the season was hot with normal precipitation.  A gorgeous, dry September delivered ample sun which fully ripened the fruit, while cool nights preserved acidity.  The Pinot Noir shows incredible weight and backbone, while the Rieslings are simply electric.

PINOT NOIR RATING: A-

RIESLING RATING: A

2012Vintage

2012 Vintage

A mild winter and unseasonably warm 80 degree March temperatures caused a record-early bud break.  Warm weather continued through summer leading to the earliest harvest on record.  The Pinot Noir benefited from the heat with intense flavors and additional structure.  The Rieslings showcase a softer palate from the vintage, but still resonate with a crisp finish.

PINOT NOIR RATING: A

RIESLING RATING: B+

2011Vintage

2011 Vintage

With an abundance of moisture in the spring, the summer became warm and dry with intermittent thunder storms.  Harvest received a great deal of moisture pressure from two hurricanes.  Despite the tough conditions at harvest, the Pinot Noir wines are aromatically expressive and the Rieslings are crisp and refreshing.

PINOT NOIR RATING: B+

RIESLING RATING: A-

2010Vintage

2010 Vintage

A mild winter led to a early bud break and bloom.  Hot weather persisted throughout the growing season, followed by cooler seasonal temperatures in September.  The summer heat created wonderful intensity in the Pinot Noir, and the cool autumn preserved the elegant structure and harmonious balance of both Riesling and Pinot Noir.

PINOT NOIR RATING: A-

RIESLING RATING: A-

2009Vintage

2009 Vintage

A mild winter led to a seasonal bud break and June bloom.  A cool, moist summer was followed by a dry September, ensuring a bountiful harvest.  The warm September was perfect to enable the Pinot Noir grapes to develop deeper ripeness, superior flavor complexity and harmonious balance and the Rieslings to have a crisp, snappy finish.

PINOT NOIR RATING: B+

RIESLING RATING: A-

2008Vintage

2008 Vintage

The 2008 summer was highlighted by the warm days and cool nights that are typical of the Finger Lakes.  September and October brought warm and dry weather, exactly what was needed to enable the Pinot Noir grapes to develop deeper ripeness, superior flavor complexity and harmonious balance.

PINOT NOIR RATING: A+

RIESLING RATING: A

2007Vintage

2007 Vintage

The 2007 vintage was an unusually warm and dry growing season in which vines thrived, producing Pinot Noir grapes with incredible flavor intensity and ripeness.  The exceptional heat in the summer and early autumn supplied the Rieslings with a softer palate from the lower acidity found in the grapes.

PINOT NOIR RATING: A

RIESLING RATING: B

2006Vintage

2006 Vintage

Seasonal spring temperatures were on-par with other Finger Lakes vintages. Significant heat in July expedited grape ripening, which proved to be critical as fall arrived early with wet weather in September, lengthening harvest into October.

PINOT NOIR RATING: B-

RIESLING RATING: B+

Notes on our Rating System: Our ratings of the vintages is based on our historical experience of what is a “typical” vintage for the Finger Lakes and what we feel are the aging potential of the wines from that year based on the growing season.  For example, a warmer growing season may benefit a variety like Pinot Noir slightly more than Rieslings, making the Rieslings a little less likely to age as gracefully as the Pinot Noir grapes from that year.