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|Grapes||Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc|
|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 through. “Half Moon” takes its name from the ship that Henry Hudson sailed into New York Harbor in 1609. A meaty, earthy rosé, this cuvée is 90% pinot noir and 10% cabernet franc. The pinot was macerated for six hours, then blended with the cab franc. It was then spontaneously fermented in stainless steel and bottled unfiltered and unfined with minimal sulfur. This New York rosé is no shrinking violet: while light on its feet, it bursts with flavors of dark red cherry, red currant, dried roses, and tobacco leaf, finishing with delicate, integrated tannins. The touch of cabernet franc lends savory green herbal notes that enhance its food pairing potential. Organically grown, low-intervention, vegan.