Floral Terranes Teroldego 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). This 2018 teroldego, a new bottling for Floral Terranes, was sourced from the old Southold Farm Vineyard in Southold, Suffolk County. Teroldego is a dark-skinned ancient grape varietal native to the Dolomites of Trentino in Northern Italy and Floral Terranes do it justice, coaxing a stunning mélange of dark fruit, sultry cigar box and dusty earth aromas out of these Long Island grapes. It is super savory and sanguine on the palate and combines fine tannins with rounded acidity to make something that’s superbly balanced for a low-intervention wine. Organically grown, low-intervention, vegan.

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