"This delicious wine is an incredible value. The 'entry-level' dry Riesling is blended mainly from fruit from the White Springs and 16 Falls vineyards. In the cool 2019 conditions, these sites delivered lovely aromas of lime, Williams pears and green apple with a hint of hawthorn flowers. The great impression of fruit brings an elegant balance to this bone-dry wine, and the nervy acidity and extract propel it to a lovely, lingering finish. Drinking Window 2022 - 2045"
Wine Spectator 92
"Enticing, with bright honeysuckle and orange blossom notes leading the way, backed by Meyer lemon, white peach and clementine flavors at the core. The racy, fresh finish has nice tension, with a quinine note lingering. Drink now through 2025. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 5,640 cases made. — JM"
Finger Lakes AVA
75 sourced from White Springs Vineyard on the Northwest side of Seneca Lake
26 sourced from 16 Falls Vineyard on the Eastern side of Seneca Lake
Honeoye loam over limestone at White Springs Vineyard
Clay/loam over shale stone soils at 16 Falls Vineyard
Average 20-year-old vines
Whole cluster pressed
Fermented at low temperatures in stainless steel tanks
Sur lies for 6 months
4 g/L R.S.
Ravines is the culmination of the dreams and passions of Morten Hallgren, a European oenologist/winemaker and his wife Lisa, a patron of the culinary arts. Having long been convinced of the great potential that exists in the Finger Lakes of New York, the Hallgrens decided to purchase a 17-acre parcel of land on a glacier-carved hillside of Seneca Lake in 2000, and never looked back. Together, they have created a distinctive family-owned winery that has no doubt elevated the level and quality of Finger Lakes winemaking as a whole.
Mortens long and winding road to the Finger Lakes was nothing short of ambitious. Born in Denmark, Morten spent his formative years in Provence in the South of France where he was witness to and participant in the processes by which fine wines of the Old World were made. His family owned and operated Domaine de Castel Roubine, a 270-acre estate with 170 acres of vineyards a true ethereal paradise surrounded by vines and fruit trees.
With an insatiable thirst for knowledge, Morten studied physics and astrophysics for eight years, received an advanced degree in Enology and Viticulture from one of the worlds top winemaking schools, and worked on several projects from Bordeaux, to Texas, to North Carolina. When he was offered a job as chief winemaker for Dr. Konstantin Frank, a true pioneer in the Finger Lakes, he and Lisa were intrigued. Here was an emerging region with great potential as well as great challenges, where they could really make an impact and push an entire wine region forward.
And they were right. Over the last two decades, Ravines has won critical acclaim as a quality-driven winery dedicated to crafting elegant wines with a true sense of place. Today, they produce Dry Riesling, Chardonnay, Gewrztraminer, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and a Bordeaux Blend, among other bottlings, using Old World winemaking traditions and New World innovation. Their wines are truly alluring in their vibrancy, precision, and minerality and representative of their unique glacial terroir.
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Ravines Wine Cellars rests on a hillside overlooking glacier-carved Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes wine region of New York State. Our cool growing season, sloped vineyard sites and the moderating effects of the deep lakes create ideal conditions for producing vibrant, balanced and food-friendly wines.
We are a small, family-owned winery dedicated to the craft of fine classical wine-making, wines that express the unique qualities of the vineyard sites, the growing season, and the winemaker's vision.