Bloomer Creek Vineyard Cabernet Franc Gamay Vin d'ete Finger Lakes 2018

Article number: Bloomer Creek Vineyard Cabernet Franc Gamay Vin d'ete Finger Lakes 2018
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A true trailblazer in natural winemaking in New Your State, specifically the Finger Lakes region, Bloomer Creek proves that producing delectable wines while working organically is not an impossible feat, even in New York's challenging climate. (The first natural winemakers of Burgundy and the Loire Valley in France also heard similar protestations.) Kim Engle and Debra Bermingham have been crafting beautiful examples of natural wine without the use of insecticides or herbicides, farming organically for over 30 years. Fungal disease is controlled by the use of sulfur for powdery mildew and copper for downy mildew. Seaweed/fish and compost formulations are sprayed to aid in disease resistance and vine health. Harvest is done by hand and winemaking methods are what they consider traditional. Fermentation is done with ambient or wild yeast. The cool climate of the Finger Lakes allows lower alcohol levels and a degree of freshness and elegance to really shine. In cooler vintages they make this ‘Vin d’ete’, which is still Loire Valley-inspired but made in a slightly different style. The wine goes through partial carbonic maceration, with a significant portion of whole clusters and crushed grapes in 1-ton open top fermenters. The wine ferments for about 2-3 weeks and is then moved to 60 gallon 4-20 year old Hungarian oak barrels for about 10 months, before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. The resulting style is lighter, brighter, and brambly, with notes of raspberry and just-ripe strawberry, and is delicious served with a slight chill. Organically grown, low-intervention, vegan.

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