Keuka Lake Vineyards, Blaufränkisch 2019, Finger Lakes, NY
This fruit forward style of Blaufränkisch has notes of ripe red raspberries, Satsuma plum, sweet pea blossom, light tobacco, and green pea tendrils.
COUNTRY: United State of America (USA)
APPELLATION (AVA): Finger Lakes
REGION: Upstate New York
VINEYARDS: 67% Gigliotti Vineyards, 33% Martini Vineyards (along Seneca Lake)
SOIL: Glacial till topsoil (mixture of glacially laid rocks, sand, silt, and clay)
PRACTICE: Vegan friendly, sustainable
VINIFICATION: Machine-harvested, separate fermentation at 75ºF in small one-ton picking bins, punched down by hand twice daily, pressed, aged for 22 months in neutral French oak, naturally cold stabilized
COLOR: Ruby garnet
BODY: Light (1-2)
TASTE: Dry, fruit forward
PRIMARY AROMAS: Summer red raspberries, sweet pea blossom, pea tendrils
FLAVOR: Bing cherries, Satsuma plum, sweet tobacco
FORMAT: 750 ml
SERVICE AND SUGGESTION: A Blaufränkisch like this one pairs well with schnitzel, red cabbage, borscht, bratwurst and spaetzle.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER & VINEYARDS:
Keuka Lake Vineyards, owned by Mel Goldman, is a small estate winery that has earned a reputation as one of the elite producers in the Finger Lakes since Goldman started KLV in 1997. The estate-controlled vineyards are situated on the southern slopes of Keuka Lake, the Y-shaped crooked lake, in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York. Keuka Lake Vineyards farms 53 acres of vines but cherry picks 20 acres for their own wines and sells the rest to neighboring wineries. Keuka Lake Vineyard’s focus is on their four distinct single vineyard bottlings of dry Riesling, but they also produce a benchmark example of Vignoles as well as Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, and Leon Millot. While KLV’s efforts are essential, it is the depth and size of the Finger Lakes that makes grape growing in the climate of New York State even possible. The summer heat retained by the lakes lengthens the growing season and acts to moderate the extreme cold temperatures of the vineyards in the winter. Come spring, the now frigid waters moderate the warming air temperatures, delaying bud break and lowering the risk of damage by frost. It is the interaction of this temperate climate with the soil and topography of the land surrounding Keuka Lake that gives these vineyard sites their unique terroir. The glacial till topsoils (mixture of glacially laid rocks, sand, silt, and clay) deposited on the lower slopes above Keuka Lake provide for the water drainage that is essential for vine balance and health. The subsoils are predominantly shale, which lends a distinct mineral edge to the wines. The slopes themselves allow crucial cold air drainage during the winter and maximize sun exposure over the growing season.
This fruit for this wine is sourced from two vineyards along Seneca lake. 67% from Gigliotti Vineyards and 33% from Martini Vineyards. Frank Gigliotti is an excellent farmer of over 20 years, a transplant from Boston, Frank is an excellent grower of high-quality grapes. Peter Martini is the grower and vineyard manager of over 100 acres at Martini Vineyard of the Anthony Road Wine Company.