Liten Buffel Pinot Noir Perfetto Vineyard Niagara Escarpment 2017

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The Niagara Escarpment is one of the fastest-growing wine regions in New York State, considered warmer and drier than many of the state's other grape-growing areas. Among the newest arrivals on the Niagara wine scene is Liten Buffel Winery, located in Middleport, in Niagara County. Liten Buffel, which means "little buffalo" in Swedish, is the collaborative effort of Zach Klug and his partner Patrick Vaughn. Klug studied winemaking at Niagara Falls Culinary Institute and worked at Freedom Run Winery before launching Liten Buffel in 2015 with an emphasis on low-intervention (or "natural") winemaking. They refrain from using chemical additives, preservatives, additional sugar, and commercial yeast, and the wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered. This single vineyard pinot noir is foot crushed whole cluster, and 30% of it undergoes carbonic maceration, giving it a light fruitfulness. It is aged in old wood for 12 months with batonnage for three. It has some stemmy tannin and a chewy texture with clear, focused precision, and just a hint of spice from the neutral oak. It’s drinking beautifully today but could also be cellared for a couple years. Organically grown, low-intervention, vegan.

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