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Sauvignon Blanc 2016
After consecutive challenging winters in the vineyard, the Sauvignon Blanc block in Geneva rebounded nicely in 2016. As many of you know, 2016 was the warmest and sunniest growing season in modern times in the Finger Lakes.
Consequently the 2016 vintage of Sauvignon Blanc shows great ripeness with layers of floral notes and citrus fruit to complement the mineral and acidic backbone that gives this wine its freshness. We continue to use the time-honored tradition of lees aging thereby greatly improving the texture and complexity of this wine.
– Notes from the Winemaker, Morten Hallgren
Crisp, exuberant and mineral-tinged with mouthwatering tropical fruit flavors and zesty acidity
The grapes were from our estate White Springs Vineyard in Geneva, New York. Our White Springs Vineyard was planted in 2004 and has Honeoye loam (deep, well drained soils formed in loamy till) over limestone soils.The exceptionally warm and sunny growing season in 2016 had resulted in optimal ripeness level and little to no disease pressure. The grapes were harvested on October 5, 2016 at 22.6°Bx.
The grapes were pressed with long and gentle press cycles in a membrane press, which provides gentle pressure and minimal movement of the grapes, minimizing the amount of tearing and scouring of the skins and seeds. The fermentation was long and cool in stainless steel tanks, with a small fraction in neutral oak barrels. The wine was aged on fine lees from early December 2016 until February 2017.
The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc is available for sampling and for purchase at either of our two tasting rooms. Click for directions and more information.
Food & Wine magazine has selected The Ravinous Kitchen as one of America's Best Winery Restaurants.
Carey Jones touts The Ravinous Kitchen as one of "the best in the nation, [featuring] the best wines of their respective vineyards, excellent cuisine, and often-idyllic settings", and points to Chef Scott Riesenberger's "four-course meals to pair with the vineyard’s own wines" and use of "orchards, herb gardens, and beehives [that] supply a great deal of the ingredients."
Ravines WIne Cellars isn't just one of the best places in the Finger Lakes to buy wine, it's now a place to get a great meal!
The Ravinous Kitchen opened in 2015 with small plates which paired perfectly with our wines. In 2016, Chef Scott Riesenberger joined the team as Creative Director and Chef of the Ravinous Kitchen, having previously worked at L'Esperance in the Burgundy region of France; Union Pacific, The Essex House, Gilt, and Corton in New York City; and The Haymount House in Westchester. His knowledge of and experience with a range of classical and modern cooking techniques results in a style of cooking which can be described as seasonal-contemporary American with European influences. He likes to create dishes using inspiration from the quality of local ingredients, incorporating simple cooking techniques to enhance presentation and texture.
The Ravinous Table takes place at a communal table in our Geneva tasting room where Chef Riesenberger creates a seasonal menu of beautiful courses each perfectly paired with the expressive, balanced wines of Ravines. Each meal includes multiple courses created with produce, meats, and cheeses from the orchards, fields, and dairies of neighboring Finger Lakes farms including the herbs, vines, and honey hives at Ravines.
Each dinner begins at 6:00 pm with a glass of Sparkling Brut and savory amuse-bouche. Guests then head to the wine cellar where they participate in a brief but engaging tour including a barrel tasting paired with a delicious appetizer. Service begins at 6:30 with four beautiful courses at our farm table with Chef Riesenberger guiding the guests through the courses and the wine pairings.
Past events include a Truffle Experience which featured pork & truffle pâté and truffled carbonara pasta and a Winemakers Dinner featuring Austrian Winemaker Christophe Höpler.
All seats are available by reservation only and are limited to 16 participants.
Click here for a list of upcoming events at the Ravinous Table and to reserve your seat, or call the Geneva Tasting Room at 315-781-7007.
Click here for a list of other events at the Ravinous Kitchen.
Beginning this weekend at Ravines Wine Cellars' two tasting rooms, visitors will have the opportunity to try a different kind of wine tasting.
In addition to our usual tasting of five wines, our wine and cheese pairing featuring Finger Lakes cheeses, or our chocolate pairing of wine with Hedonist chocolates, we will be offering a flight of sparkling wines: Sparkling Keuka, the new 2007 Sparkling Brut, and 2015 Ayre.
2007 Sparkling Brut ($34.95, online or in the tasting room) is a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, both from the Argetsinger Vineyard, and has delicate aromas of baking brioche, delicate white lilies, and a flinty minerality.
Sparkling Keuka ($19.95 at either tasting room) was released last summer as a Ravinous Club exclusive; now it is available for general purchase. This wine is a sparkling version of our popular Keuka Village White blend of Cayuga and Vignoles.
2015 Ayre ($9.95, tasting room only) is our semi-sparkling, semi-sweet interpretation of Moscato d'Asti. At only 8% alcohol, and sporting aromas of peach and orange blossoms, it's a fun way to end a tasting - or a meal!
Tastings of these wines are exclusively available with this flight.
Chef Scott Riesenberger has come up with small bites to pair with each wine.
Our tasting rooms are located at 400 Barracks Road in Geneva (on Seneca Lake), and 14630 Route 54 in Hammondsport (on Keuka Lake). For more information, and hours of operation, click here,
Last Sunday, January 15, Ravines kicked off its "Chef and Winemaker" series with a vertical tasting of 5 vintages of Ravines Meritage.
Attendees had a chance to do a side-by-side tasting of the 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 vintages, and winemaker Morten Hallgren surprised everyone by bringing a couple of bottles of the 2006 vintage as well. According to Morten, all of the tasted vintages are "far away from peaking", although both the 2006 and 2010 are closer than the others (2006 because it's older, 2010 because it was riper and more lush).
In his opening remarks, Morten also said that these Meritage blends have amazing aging potential, and that as a relatively young wine region we don't know how many years the wines can age for. "Perhaps in another ten years we can do another tasting like this with the same wines."
Having a chance to taste these vintages together shows the significant differences between years ("vintage variation"). The Finger Lakes doesn't have the luxury of consistent weather - 2006 and 2009 were both cooler years with later harvests, 2010 was warm and sunny, 2008's weather was in-between, and 2011 was a combination of everything with a warm spring and rainy September.
The event started with a chance for attendees to try to create their own Meritage blend. Everyone was given some of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from the 2015 harvest (both taken from barrel) and some of the newly-released 2015 Cabernet Franc (poured from bottles), and after tasting each component everyone started to blend different proportions of the three wines together to create something pleasing. Morten tends to use a higher proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon in his Meritage blends (such as the new 2013 Maximilien), but some participants seemed to prefer a more Merlot-heavy blend.
Ravinous Kitchen Chef Scott Riesenberger created a slate of small bites to complement the wines. Smoked duck, fondue, and potato tart each harmonized with the Meritage and enhanced the experience - as it should be, since Ravines' wines are designed to go with food.
The full schedule for upcoming Chef and Winemaker events is available here. Seats are limited, so book yours early!
Weekends at the Ravinous Kitchen in the Geneva tasting room, Chef Scott Riesenberger creates delicious small plates that pair perfectly with Ravines' wines.
This weekend's menu features a flight of three winter soups (spiced tomato and prosciutto, black garlic consomme, broccoli and Comte) that would pair perfectly with our Winter Flight of Riesling, two vintages of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and our Maximilien blend; a series of savory tarts, waffles, and fennel bread that pairs well with our Sparkling Flight; and a board featuring local cheeses and charcuterie that could pair with Riesling, Chardonnay, and/or Pinot Noir.
Chef Riesenberger's tasting room menu changes weekly. Stop by on one of these cold winter afternoons and see what's cooking!
For directions and hours of operation, click here.
Sundays this winter, come to the Ravinous Kitchen for our series of events called "The Chef and the Winemaker".
Each week, join Winemaker Morten Hallgren in the Barrel Room of Ravines' winery in Geneva to taste through flights of library wines from his personal cellar. Each flight will feature old and older wines in contrast to newer vintages to demonstrate and appreciate the variation between the vintages and how the growing season affects the attributes and characteristics of the various wines. Chef Scott Riesenberger will prepare a Grazing Slate for each guest: a slate board of delicious savory foods he has created to pair with the various wines. He will explain why he has chosen the ingredients and how they pair with the wines to give guests an insight into pairing food & wine.
Each event starts at noon. The current event list:
Participation is by ticket only, and spots are limited. Call the Geneva Tasting Room at 315-781-7007 for assistance, or click each link above to purchase tickets.
Winter isn't a time to relax at Ravines Wine Cellars. In the past month, we have released three new wines - new vintages of our Sparkling Brut, Dry Riesling, and Cabernet Franc.
Ravines' 2007 Sparkling Brut is a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes from the Argetsinger Vineyard. The wine was made in the traditional way, also called Méthode Classique, and lay en tirage (in the bottle, with yeasts) for seven years before being disgorged. This vintage displays delicate aromas of baking brioche, delicate white lilies, and flinty minerality. 2007 Brut is available for $34.95 online or at one of our tasting rooms.
Ravines' 2015 Dry Riesling is the followup to the Wine Spectator Top 100 award winning 2014 vintage. This year's vintage remains a blend of grapes from both of our vineyards (White Springs and 16 Falls) and also includes a small percentage of grapes from Serenity Vineyards. Delightfully dry at 4g/l of residual sugar, our Dry Riesling displays a racy acidity and distinct minerality. 2015 Dry Riesling is available for $17.95 online or in the tasting room.
Our most recent release is the 2015 Cabernet Franc. Unlike many wines using this grape, Ravines' Cabernet Franc is fruit-forward with bright red and black fruits. This wine will cellar well! 2015 Cabernet Franc is available for $21.95 online or in the tasting room.
You can taste and purchase these wines at either of our two tasting rooms. The Geneva tasting room is open daily from 10:00am - 5:00pm; the Keuka Lake tasting room is currently open Friday through Sunday from 10:00am - 5:00pm. Click here for directions and more information.
In its December 31, 2016 issue, Wine Spectator selected Ravines Wine Cellars' 2014 Dry Riesling as one of the Top 100 Wines in the world. This is the 4th time a Ravines wine has been selected to be on this prestigious list, following our 2012 Argetsinger Vineyard Dry Riesling, 2012 Dry Riesling, and 2009 Dry Riesling. We are proud to be the only New York State winery to appear on more than one Wine Spectator Top 100 list.
"A taut, dry style with pure lime, kiwifruit, and pippin apple flavors backed by a slate note that gives the finish good tension and length."
Previously, this wine was chosen by Food & Wine Magazine as a Top 10 Value Wine.
Ravines' unique style of Riesling is characterized by an elegant, dry style with delicate, complex aromatics, distinct minerality, and vibrant acidity. Aging on the fine lees has resulted in a gentle round texture.