Editor’s Note: This is the second part of a four-part Finger Lakes report, compiled over several visits Mikhail made to the region last summer. The first post can be found here.
There is not a marker on the road to Forge Cellars. However, once you find your way here, you won’t ever forget the way.
My visit to Forge in 2017 was eye-opening. I was immediately impressed by both the unusual style of the wines produced, and the care the team placed on the organic work in the vineyard.
Rick Rainey, one of the three partners at Forge, talks about their influence being from Burgundy, including making “white burgundy from
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The pinots are as unique, earthy, cranberry and quite floral. However, these wines are also lighter than some of the other Finger Lakes p
2016 Forge Dry Riesling Classique
An easy wine to love, the Classique is a great introduction to Forge wine. Light, but stone and
2016 Forge Cellars Riesling Les Allies
Pretty wine, with floral and tropical notes on the nose. The palate is textured, as one expects from Forge. Lots of tropical fruit on the palate, with riper core of pineapple and lemon. Bright stony notes on the back palate, tart, leading to a mineral finish.
2017 Forge Cellars Riesling Dry Peach Orchard
This is a floral wine, showing yellow flowers and white peach notes on the nose. The palate is deep, brooding, salty notes over a ripe, pineapple and tropical fruit core. More mineral toward the back palate. Long tangy finish. I would give this some time – but it should reward.
2016 Forge Cellars Pinot Noir Classique
2016 Forge Cellars Pinot Noir Leidenfrost Vineyard
This Pinot is showing blue flowers, mineral notes, spicy and earthy tones. The acidity is bright here, but with a good cherry tone through the mid. Tart, dry wine, with a stony grip, needs some time to develop.
2016 Forge Cellars Pinot Noir Sawmill Creek
A beautiful, unique Pinot Noir, with floral and elegant power. More cherry tones than the
Our connection to Hector Wine Company started with
Hector is a lovely little hamlet, and the 414
As far as the wines, let’s go to white elephant in the room first – a Finger Lakes syrah! It was absolutely delicious, red fruit, ripe, crisp but balanced. All the red wines were quite impressive – which is a testament to the work Justin Boyette and Alexandra do in the vineyard and in the cellar.
Alexandra points to the lower yields and the careful selection of planting sites, as well as the hand-sorting for ripeness as the reason for their success with reds. The white wines are quite intriguing as well, with Alsace as lodestar – drier than most, with a richer, broader mid palate.
2016 Hector Wine Company Luminessence
Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, and Gewurztraminer blend, in a dry Alsace style. This is a floral, pretty wine. The core of white peach and grapefruit juice. The ripe tropical mid contrasts with the tart and zesty acidity. A unique and interesting take.
2016 Hector Wine Company Cabernet Franc
A powerful red for the region, with ripe black and blue fruit. There is a hint of tobacco on the nose. The mid is juicy with a ripe blue fruit core, hint of herb and tobacco leaf. Spicy finish. Well done.
2016 Hector Wine Company Syrah
This is an exciting wine, a Syrah from the Finger Lakes region seems almost impossible, and yet here it is. While the warm vintage is surely helpful, the wine shows a beautiful red fruit core. The lusher mid is rich, but still showing the cool climate notes expected. I really enjoyed this wine and am looking forward to trying it again.
This is a Bordeaux blend, with