2019 RTR (Red Tail Ridge) Estate Pinot Noir, Finger Lakes
On the nose: coco dusted cherries, sweet tobacco, rhubarb notes that lead into deeper earthy mushrooms, black cherries and savory fennel. Mid-palate the deeper notes give way to the tingly elongates this wine leaving your palate salivating. Spicy notes of anise and clove dance with red raspberry, dried shiitake mushrooms, and stewed plums, with a prominent backbone of acidity, and youthful, juicy tannins.
The Finger Lakes of Upstate New York has established itself as an ideal site in North America to produce exceptional cool-climate wines such as Riesling, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir. Over the years, it has also become a place where experimentation is prolific. Nancy Irelan and Mike Schnelle are all about experimenting. Together they bring years of industry and other expertise to this modern and focused project. Presently they are the only LEED-Gold Certified Green winery in New York.