|Medal of American Excellence (Gold), 2014 Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition|
In ideal ripening years we gamble by delaying harvest of our Vignoles grapes, hoping for late development of the noble fungus botrytis cinerea. Botrytis shrivels and desiccates the grapes on the vine, intensifying their natural sugars and flavors. After carefully controlled cold fermentation, the result is a seductively sweet white wine in the Sauternes and Beerenauslese traditions with vibrant citrus and exotic fruit notes.
While the spring and summer of 2013 were close to our historical averages for temperature and rain, September and early October were particularly dry. Our Vignoles grapes stayed healthy right up to harvest on October 18. Fermentation was brisk due to a high level of healthy nutrients in the juice, and so this 2013 vintage exhibits a beautiful crispness, with lively citrus notes balanced by natural sweetness.
Our Late Harvest Vignoles wines have been featured in FOOD&WINE magazine and on IntoWineTV. A bottle serves approximately five 2.5-ounce glasses. Drink young and serve chilled.
Late Harvest Vignoles 2012
Nominee, Jefferson Cup, 2013 Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition
Gold Medal, 2014 Riverside (Calif.) International Wine Competition
Late Harvest Vignoles 2007
Chairman's Award (Double Gold), 2008 Riverside (Calif.) International Wine Competition
Example of American Greatness (Gold), 2008 Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition
Gold Medal, 2008 Long Beach (Calif.) Grand Cru Wine Competition
Gold Medal, 2008 Pacific Rim International Wine Competition
Gold Medal, 2008 Big E Northeast Gold Wine Competition
Gold Medal, 2008 Tasters Guild International Wine Judging
Late Harvest Vignoles 2005
Double Gold and Best of Class (late harvest wines), 2007 Florida State Fair Int'l Wine Competition
Best of Show, Best NY Wine, and Double Gold, 2006 Big E Northeast Gold Wine Competition
Gold Medal, 2006 Tasters Guild International Wine Judging
Gold Medal, 2006 NY State Fair Commercial Wine Competition
Gold Medal, 2006 Great Lakes Great Wine Competition
Gold Medal, 2006 Amenti del Vino Wine Competition