I received this update from Galer Estate Vineyard & Winery yesterday evening:

“Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery has finished up a great 2016 harvest and could not be happier with the quality of the fruit. Owner Brad Galer says, “[The fruit] came into the winery clean, as well as the progression of fermentations and young wines.” Overall about 90% of the fruit was from estate grown varietals in 2016, 15.2 tons processed throughout harvest.

Jan Grimes, Galer Estate’s Vineyard Manager noted, “Harvest was excellent this year. Yields were up and the fruit was in great shape.” Grimes began to harvest the Estate grown Albariño (0.89 tons) and the Chardonnay from the Red Lion Vineyard (4.4 tons) in early September. The winery property’s older Chardonnay grapes (1.64 tons) were left on the vine a bit longer, harvested mid-September, which are designated as a barrel-aged Chardonnay. Estate grown Petit Verdot (1.13 tons) was harvested at the end of September. Cabernet Franc (5.5 tons) and Vidal Blanc (1.59 tons) were not far behind, processed the first week of October!

The Chardonnay harvested from younger vines at the Red Lion Vineyard impressed with great aromatics. The older Chardonnay vines of the lower Red Lion Vineyard will make a great addition to Galer Estate’s line of Reserve Chardonnay, delicately aged in French oak. The quality of the Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot continue to improve year after year as viticulture practices change to the unique terroir on the East Coast, specifically in Chester County.

Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery has finished their processing of grapes overseen by owners Brad and Lele Galer, Winemaker Virginia Mitchell, and Vineyard Manager Jan Grimes. Galer Estate management is appreciative of all the hard work and time spent from grape to glass due to a strong team, and of course much gratitude to our friends in the community who lent helping hands, picking and hand-sorting grapes!”

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Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded NewYorkCorkReport.com in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched TheCorkReport.us in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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