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Osmote Wine, Cabernet Franc 2020, Seneca Lake, Finger Lakes, NY

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This Cabernet Franc from Osmote intersects Old and New World form, with characteristics of bright fruit, herbal undertones, subtle oak, and a light structure.

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Osmote Wine, Cabernet Franc 2020, Seneca Lake, Finger Lakes, NY

COUNTRY: United State of America (USA)

STATE: NY

APPELLATION (AVA): Seneca Lake

REGION: New York

SUB-REGION: Finger Lakes

VINEYARD: Sawmill Creek Vineyard

VINTAGE: 2020

GRAPES:  Cabernet Franc

SOIL: Deep gravelly loam

PRACTICE: Sustainable

VINIFICATION: Hand-harvested

STYLE: Still

COLOR: Ruby

BODY: Medium (5-6)

TASTE: Dry

PRIMARY AROMAS: Black pepper, violet, red berry, restrained oak

FLAVOR: Tart cherry juice, cranberry, herbs, delicate tannins

FORMAT: 750 ml

ALCOHOL: 13%

 

SERVICE AND SUGGESTION: Pair with a range of dishes from tomato-based dishes like barbecue to rich black beluga lentils.

 

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. 

 

ABOUT THE VINEYARD: 

Sawmill Creek Vineyard at between 150-250ft asl. The vines are planted on deep gravelly loam soil in the north to south orientation on an east-facing steep hillside on Seneca Lake. The vines were planted in the 1990s to Clone 214, which originated in the Loire valley.

 

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