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Forge Cellars Les Alliés Riesling 2016

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750ML / 13% ABV
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This top cuvée is meant to showcase our favorite barrels of Riesling from each vintage. It undergoes additional bottle aging and in the end, is more reminiscent of white Burgundy than Riesling. This powerful wine packs in flavors of pear tart, tangerine, glazed citrus, slate, nutmeg and white pepper—yet it is racy and brisk enough to make your teeth hurt.

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This shows a mature profile, with almond, yellow apple and ginger notes inside a lightly waxy frame, but still supported by a zing of acidity on the apricot-tinged finish. Distinctive. Drink now through 2020.
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Forge Cellars is a partnership between 3 like-minded and passionate friends, Louis Barruol, Rick Rainey, and Justin Boyette.

This project took 3 years to realize but the intent has always been clear – to make the best Riesling and Pinot Noir possible from the Finger Lakes of New York. From the very beginning we asked ourselves, "If we are diligent, disciplined and stay committed to doing the best work possible, what levels of quality can we realize in this unique cool climate region?"

They work with several different growers for a host of reasons vineyard aspect, soil, viticulture practices and general philosophies. The Finger Lakes is interesting as there are many growers that grow more than they make and even growers that don’t even make wine. What does this mean? Well, Forge Cellars would argue it is a great thing because the ability to find fruit is easier than in some parts of the world. That being said, finding quality fruit presents its own challenges. Their Solution? A friend by the name of Phil Davis who is a grower and partner of a great winery named Damiani Wine Cellars offered several years ago to help them navigate the grape grower maze. In a short time, they have been able to establish very good relationships with several high quality growers and the insight they and Phil have been able to provide has been invaluable in helping the winery to achieve the quality levels they were aiming for.

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As the most historic wine-producing region in New York state, winemaking in the Finger Lakes area dates back to the 1820s and today as a region, accounts for 90% of the state’s total wine production.

Its narrow and deep lakes created by the movement of Ice Age glaciers create an environment similar to the classic Riesling-loving regions of Europe, namely Germany and Austria. The Finger Lakes retain summer heat that incidentally warms up cold winter air, making it fall down from the lakes’ steep slopes. When spring comes, the lakes, already cooled by cold winter weather, stave off vine budding until the danger of frost has subsided. The main lakes of the zone, that is those big enough to moderate the climate in this way, are the focal points of prime vineyard areas. They include Canandaigua, Keuka, Seneca, and Cayuga.

While Riesling has fueled most of the region’s success, today Pinot noir and Cabernet Franc enjoy some attention.

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