Osmote Wine, This is Red" Pet-Nat 2021, Finger Lakes, NY
COUNTRY: United State of America (USA)
APPELLATION (AVA): Finger Lakes
REGION: New York
GRAPES: Leon Millot, Marquette, Cabernet Franc
SOIL: Deep gravelly loam
PRACTICE: Sustainable, practicing organic, vegan
COLOR: Dark opaque purple, fuschia bubbles
BODY: Medium (5-6)
PRIMARY AROMAS: blue and red berries, plum, violet, woodsy
FLAVOR: Blue violet, cranberry, honeysuckle, chalky tannins
FORMAT: 750 ml
SERVICE AND SUGGESTION: Pair with barbecued dishes, salty nutty cheeses, cured meats, or baked pastas.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER:
Ben Riccardi, 33, is a young winemaker in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Since 2014 he has invested his life savings into French oak barrels, purchasing the best chardonnay he could afford and renting a small space in a winemaking facility that allowed him to borrow their equipment. Although Ben is from the Finger Lakes, he has been constructing a 200-case production remotely for three years while his day job was at Williams Seylem in Sonoma County, California. As of 2017, he moved back home to work full-time at Osmote and has already raised his production to 500 cases. A degree earned in enology at Cornell University paired with several vintages spent in New Zealand and the south of France; Ben is looking to acquire a plot of land to build a winery and plant vines to farm organically.
Ben sources many of his grapes from vineyards grown around Seneca Lake, the largest, deepest Finger Lake and the crown jewel of New York State's premier cool-climate region. Here viticulture exists on the edge of possibility. Even though winter lows are often sub-zero across upstate New York, this lake over 600ft deep never freezes and the warmth of the water keeps the vines alive through the frozen months. Vines thrive in sedimentary soils set on the steep shale stone slopes banks of the lake.
Art by Jacob Hanson, JacobHansonStudio.com, is designed perfectly to represent a rebellious wine made in an old trucking garage by the lake.