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|Vineyard/Cellar Practices||Organically Grown, Low-Intervention/Natural Wine, Vegan|
A true trailblazer in organic farming and low-intervention winemaking in New York State, specifically the Finger Lakes region, Bloomer Creek Vineyard 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 chemical 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. On the palate this offers up crunchy ripe strawberry and peppery with a dark mineral cut. Brooding and Loire-like, this is one of the best old-world-inspired reds coming out of the US. Organically grown, low intervention/natural wine, vegan.