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2016 Pinot Noir - Elizabeth's Vineyard

Dry Red Table Wine
56 Cases Produced
Alcohol: 11.6%
Total sulfite addition: 35 ppm
Soil: Thin loam over shale
Grape: 100% Pinot Noir
- Whole Cluster
- Ambient Yeast
- Old French Oak
- Unfined and Unfiltered

ELEVAGE: Hand picked grapes were foot crushed, whole cluster, and put into one ton bins to ferment by ambient yeast. The grapes received once daily punchdowns for 6 days before being bucketed into the half-ton bladder press. Settled juice was pumped into old French oak barrels to finish fermentation which continued into June of 2017. In September the wine was racked off its lees and gravity bottled by hand without fining or filtration.

TASTING NOTE: Fresh cherries, flint and shale aromas. Dry in the mouth with concentrated cherry, rose petal and shale flavors, delicate tannin and a lingering, stony finish.
ELIZABETH'S VINEYARD: Located in Hector, New York on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake, this twenty-seven acre vineyard is composed of shallow loam soil over shale on a slope leading to some of the lake's deepest waters. Among the pinot noir, cabernet franc and riesling, grower John Leidenfrost also maintains blocks of spur pruned cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay over a quarter century old. This vineyard's privileged exposure and thin, shale laden soil produces wine of great depth and backbone.



Tilled up "soil" during some new planting at Elizabeth's Vineyard.


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