Empire Estate Finger Lakes Dry Riesling
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Region: Finger Lakes, New York
Grape varieties: 100% Riesling
Empire Estate Finger Lakes Dry Riesling displays supple fruit tones of golden apple, tangerine, lime zest & ginger, leading to a long, savory mineral finish.
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About Empire Estate Finger Lakes Dry Riesling
Empire Estate Finger Lakes Dry Riesling displays supple fruit tones of golden apple, tangerine, lime zest & ginger, with racy mineral aromas of gravel, shale & limestone. Brisk acidity hits the palate, followed by flavors of peach, grapefruit pith & candied lemon, all leading to a long, savory mineral finish.
Harvest occurred throughout the month of October, with pick dates scheduled during the driest periods of the season. This harvest stretch before winter cold set in allowed for the grapes to reach excellent flavor ripeness, while the coolness of the season preserved their freshness. Each vineyard site was vinified entirely separately to best bring out individual character; from cold soaking decisions to fermentation style, to storage in stainless steel and neutral oak barrels. After resting through winter and spring, the wines were blended together and bottled in early summer. The vineyard sites have a mix of mineral soil types ideal for dry Riesling, including shale & gravel, shale & clay, sand over shale, and limestone & shale.
About Empire Estate
Empire Estate is a collaboration between Thomas Pastuszak, wine director of The Nomad Hotel in Manhattan, and winemaker Kelby Russell. Crafted in a dry style, the majority of the fruit is sourced from vineyards around Seneca Lake – on the east side, there are more shale- and clay-rich sites in the area of Hector and Lodi, and on the west side, there are more gravel- and loam-rich sites near Dundee and Dresden.
The Finger Lakes are located in the heart of New York State, about a four-hour drive northwest of New York City. There are 11 individual lakes in the region, some of which are the deepest in the United States. The deep lake basins moderate the temperatures of the vineyards planted on their steep banks allowing vines to thrive in a protected cool microclimate ideal for Riesling.
All of the Finger Lakes was carved out by the movement of massive glaciers during the last Ice Age, which left behind an incredible diversity of soil types in the region: gravels, limestone, clays, and more are strewn over a bed of shale throughout the area.