"It is dark fruited with notes of forest floor, sandalwood and pulverized baking spices, all of this is backed up by bright acidity, making this a perfect companion to the dinner table.
While White Horse is a spoof on Cheval Blanc, a legendary Bordeaux, the wine has much more in common with Loire reds. White Horse is an energetic, spicy blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. There’s just enough fleshiness to keep the wine from becoming austere. One of the things that drew us to the Finger Lakes was the cool climate of the area. Whereas California winemakers often have to jump through hoops to keep their alcohols within reasonable levels, in the Finger Lakes there’s a struggle for grapes to ripen. This isn’t easy for winemakers, but when everything works out, the wines have a freshness and an earthiness that we love." ~ Winemaker's Notes
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In 1982 Kim Engle and Deb Bermingham purchased a 30-acre farm in the Finger Lakes region, 10 acres of which they planted to a variety of cool climate grapes. They named the vineyard Bloomer Creek and for the last three decades they have meticulously farmed it using organic methods.
They employ no herbicides, no irrigation, fruit is hand-harvested, and only natural native yeasts are used for fermentation. They often utilize whole clusters in their winemaking, including the whites, extended lees aging, and they allow fermentations to progress at their own rate without using temperature control.
In a part of the world where winemakers don't often take risks, Bloomer Creek seems afraid not to and the results are wonderful. Both their whites and their reds are incredibly distinctive, age-worthy and expressive of the place and time in which they were produced. That place is the Finger Lakes, and Bloomer Creek may be the single most unique, and compelling voice in town.