Floral Terranes 'MX' Red Blend North Fork of Long Island 2018

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Floral Terranes is the unique melding of agriculture, art, and cultural preservation. Wine and cider makers Erik Longabardi and Benford Lepley draw on the hidden agricultural history of his native Long Island to produce wines and ciders that are exceptional expressions of terroir. Once an epicenter of farming that supplied Manhattan with food, the landscape of Long Island was inexorably transformed in the latter part of the 20th century, as motorways carved a direct path through the Hempstead plains to the city. Farms gave way to mansions and suburban sprawl, yet the remnants were remarkably preserved, often as part of institutional landscapes (Erik and Benford found 28 apple trees at Banbury Farm, part of the Cold Spring Laboratory complex, and seminaries and monasteries are a valuable part of Floral Terranes’ “suburban terroir”.) Part of their mission in making these delicious offerings is to inspire preservation of the land through raising awareness of the bounty that it offers. All fruit is foraged (with landowner’s permission, of course), and pressed with a simple basket press, and fermentations are done with naturally occurring yeasts in glass. Absolutely nothing is added or taken away in the cellar, and they bottle everything by hand in Erik’s garage in his 18th century home in Roslyn (true garagistes). “MX” refers to the name of the single row that Erik harvests in the 9-acre Southold Farm Vineyard, in Southold. The grapes were put whole cluster into open-top containers, gently foot-stomped and left to rest on the skins for almost two weeks before being gently pressed out, and the wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered. It is dark fruited and brambly with tons of minerality and a refreshing acidity. Organically grown, low-intervention, vegan.

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