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|Vineyard/Cellar Practices||Sustainably Grown, Low-Intervention/Natural Wine, Vegan|
We've gushed a lot about Andrew and Jennifer from Eminence Road Farm Winery over the years because they keep producing wines of quality and intrigue that don't burn the wallet. Not only that, but their wines lend credence to the overall rising quality of New York State Wines. Based in a converted cow barn in the mountain valley of Long Eddy, NY, on the western edge of the Catskills, Eminence Road is, in a way, a Finger Lakes winery. All of their wines are made from sustainably grown Finger Lakes grapes, fermented with native yeast, and bottled by hand, unfined and unfiltered with the only addition being a minimal amount of sulfur for stability. This dry rosé is a case-in-point, made of cabernet franc from Folts Farm Vineyard on the western shore of Keuka Lake. Grapes were crushed, destemmed, and macerated for three days before pressing. Fermentation (including full malolactic) took place with ambient yeast in stainless steel. After 11 months in tank, the wine was racked and bottled by hand without fining or filtration. Aromas of watermelon rind, wild raspberries, and wet shale open the show. Dry and quite savory in the mouth, it marries more brambly raspberry fruit with vegetal earth tones and a hint of umami mushroom on the finish. Sustainably grown, low-intervention/natural wine, vegan.