Ravines Argetsinger Vineyard Riesling aims to define a new style of Finger Lakes Riesling distinct from its German and Alsatian counterparts. It is intensely aromatic with floral notes, citrus fruit and a distinct mineral character. With good acidity, this wine is very crisp and elegant and has aged gracefully. On the palate it shows unusual richness, medium body, and a lingering smooth finish.
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All of the Riesling grapes for this single vineyard wine come from the Argetsinger Vineyard on the east side of Seneca Lake in the town of Hector. This vineyard is an exceptionally well drained site where the 198 Riesling clone was field grafted onto old existing vines, making it one of the oldest Riesling vineyards in the Finger Lakes. The soil is Howard Gravel over limestone bedrock. The 2009 vintage was particularly cool so harvest was later than usual, in late October, resulting in a long, cool growing season.
The grapes for this wine were all hand harvested in late October and whole cluster pressed to ensure a clean aromatic juice low in phenolics and solids. Only the low press fractions were retained or this bottling to avoid astringency. After cold setting, the juice was fermented at low temperature (14-16*C) to retain full aromatic intensity. All components were fermented dry, racked with light lees and blended. The fine lees were stirred regularly to give the wine additional texture. Prior to bottling, the Riesling was refined with isinglass to improve mouthfeel and aromatics, filtered, and adjusted for bottling.