Eminence Road Sparkling Chardonnay Elizabeth's Vineyard 2019

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Eminence Road Sparkling Chardonnay Elizabeth's Vineyard 2019
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Country USA
Region New York
Appellation/Sub-Region Finger Lakes
Grapes Chardonnay
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. The chardonnay for this bottling comes from grapes grown by second-generation grower John Leidenfrost and his daughter, Elizabeth, on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake in Hector, NY. Elizabeth’s Vineyard boasts western exposure and thin silt loam soils over shale, which produce wines of great depth and structure. The grapes were crushed, destemmed, and macerated on their skins for one day. The pressed juice was moved to stainless steel to ferment. In August of 2020, the wine was put in old French oak barrels. A year later, it received a small sugar addition at bottling; secondary fermentation to dryness took place in the bottle. Opening to savory meadow aromas, it proceeds to layered citrus and yeasty flavors reminiscent of a classic crémant, with abundant, fine mousse and a touch of savory oak spice on the finish. Sustainably grown, low-intervention/natural wine, vegan.