Vintage Reports

 

 

Year Vintage Discussion Pinot Noir Rating Riesling Rating
2012 A mild winter and unseasonably warm 80 degree March temperatures caused a record-early bud break.  Warm weather continued through summer leading to the earliest harvest on record.  The Pinot Noir benefited from the heat with intense flavors and additional structure.  The Rieslings showcase a softer palate from the vintage, but still resonate with a crisp finish. A B+
2011 With an abundance of moisture in the spring, the summer became warm and dry with intermittent thunder storms.  Harvest received a great deal of moisture pressure from two hurricanes.  Despite the tough conditions at harvest, the Pinot Noir wines are aromatically expressive and the Rieslings are crisp and refreshing. B+ A-
2010 A mild winter led to a early bud break and bloom.  Hot and humid weather persisted throughout the growing season, transitioning to cooler seasonable temperatures in September. A- A-
2009 A mild winter led to a seasonal bud break and June bloom. A cool, moist summer was followed by a dry September, ensuring a bountiful harvest.  The warm September was perfect to enable the Pinot Noir grapes to develop deeper ripeness, superior flavor complexity and harmonious balance and the Rieslings to have a crisp, snappy finish. B+ A-
2008 The 2008 summer was highlighted by the warm days and cool nights that are typical of the Finger Lakes.  September and October brought warm and dry weather, exactly what was needed to enable the Pinot Noir grapes to develop deeper ripeness, superior flavor complexity and harmonious balance. A+ A
2007

2007 was an unusually warm and dry growing season in which vines thrived, producing Pinot Noir grapes with incredible intensity and ripeness.  The hotter vintage supplied the Rieslings with a softer palate from the lower acidity found in the grapes.

A B
2006 Seasonal spring temperatures were on-par with other Finger Lakes vintages. Significant heat in July expedited grape ripening, which proved to be critical as fall arrived early with wet weather in September, lengthening harvest into October. B-

B+

 

Notes on our Rating System: Our ratings of the vintages is based on our historical experience of what is a "typical" vintage for the Finger Lakes and what we feel are the aging potential of the wines from that year based on the growing season.  For example, a warmer growing season may benefit a variety like Pinot Noir slightly more than Rieslings, making the Rieslings a little less likely to age as gracefully as the Pinot Noir grapes from that year.