A wild yeast fermented blend of Cabernet Franc (70) and Merlot (30) named in appreciation of the renowned Right Bank producer, Cheval Blanc. This vintage is from Kim and Debs vineyard on the west side of Cayuga Lake with soil that is shale derived and naturally high in lime. The 2014 season followed a severe winter resulting in a very small crop that provided a wine of good concentration and depth. Bottled by hand without filtering or fining and with minimal SO2 addition in spring 2016.
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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.