Lots of fresh-grapefruit zest and white peaches in this medium-bodied dry white that's got plenty of structure and character. Long, clean and mineral finish. Very food friendly. Drink or hold.-Winemaker Notes
Empire Estate is a collaboration between Thomas Pastuszak, wine director of The Nomad Hotel in Manhattan and winemaker Kelby Russell. Crafted in a dry style, the majority of the fruit is sourced from vineyards around Seneca Lake - on the east side, there is more shale- and clay-rich sites in the area of Hector and Lodi, and on the west side, there are more gravel- and loam-rich sites near Dundee and Dresden. The wine was fermented in stainless steel.
The Finger Lakes are located in the heart of New York State, about a four hour drive northwest of New York City. There are 11 individual lakes in the region, some of which are the deepest in the United States. The deep lake basins moderate the temperatures of the vineyards planted on their steep banks allowing vines to thrive in a protected cool microclimate ideal for Riesling.-Winery Notes
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Empire Estate is a collaboration between Thomas Pastuszak, wine director of The Nomad Hotel in Manhattan and winemaker Kelby James Russell of Red Newt Cellars. The project was born from Thomas' passion to showcase an incredible winemaking region that we New Yorkers have right in our own backyard: The Finger Lakes. Drawing on old world inspiration, the wine crafted to express the dry style of this dynamic grape -- Riesling doesn't always have to be sweet! We hope you enjoy yet another one of the many reasons why we love New York.