Keuka Lake Vineyards

Keuka Lake Vineyards, owned by Mel Goldman, is a small estate winery that has earned a reputation as one of the elite producers in the Finger Lakes since Goldman started KLV in 1997. The estate controlled vineyards are situated on the southern slopes of Keuka Lake, the Y-shaped crooked lake, in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York. Keuka Lake Vineyards farms 53 acres of vines but cherry picks 20 acres for their own wines and sells the rest to neighboring wineries. Keuka Lake Vineyard's focus is on their four distinct single vineyard bottlings of dry Riesling, but they also produce a benchmark example of Vignoles as well as Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, and Leon Millot. While KLV's efforts are essential, it is the depth and size of the Finger Lakes that makes grape growing in the climate of New York State even possible. The summer heat retained by the lakes lengthens the growing season and acts to moderate the extreme cold temperatures of the vineyards in the winter. Come spring, the now frigid waters moderate the warming air temperatures, delaying bud break and lowering the risk of damage by frost. It is the interaction of this temperate climate with the soil and topography of the land surrounding Keuka Lake that gives these vineyard sites their unique terroir. The glacial till topsoils (mixture of glacially laid rocks, sand, silt, and clay) deposited on the lower slopes above Keuka Lake provide for the water drainage that is essential for vine balance and health. The subsoils are predominantly shale, which lends a distinct mineral edge to the wines. The slopes themselves allow crucial cold air drainage during the winter and maximize sun exposure over the growing season.

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Keuka Lake Vineyards Dry Riesling 2017
90  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 90 "The 2017 Dry Riesling, a combination of fruit from 20 Rows and Lower Eastside Vineyards, comes in with five grams of residual sugar, 6.8 of total acidity and 12.5% alcohol. This earthy Dry Riesling is sturdy, a little stern in its youth and chock-full of slate and stonewashed
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Keuka Lake Vineyards Vignoles 2015
Sustainable. Vignoles, a highly aromatic grape made by crossing two little-known grapes, Seibel and Pinot de Corton, has become associated with the Finger Lakes, a region where it thrives. Grown in KLV's estate vineyards along with their neighbor, Bedient Vineyards. Rocky, gravel soils known as

Keuka Lake Vineyards Dry Riesling 2016
90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90 Bracing and fresh, with fennel, Key lime, kiwifruit and green apple notes that are nicely focused through the finish. Drink now for the zing or cellar a touch to let this broaden. Drink now through 2020. 309 cases made. –JM   Sustainable. Sourced from 65% Evergreen Lek, 18%

Keuka Lake Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2016
Sustainable. This Cabernet Franc is sourced from Overlook Farms on the western slopes of Seneca Lake and is a site that consistently provides high-quality fruit every year. Fermented in small 1-ton bins at low temp with the cap punched down by hand twice daily to achieve gentle extraction of flavor

Keuka Lake Vineyards Dry Riesling 2011
89  Wine Spectator 
Evergreen Lek VineyardWine Spectator 89" Grapefruit rind, persimmon, white peach and verbena notes mix in this tangy, idiosyncratic offering, with a long, taut, talc-coated finish. Drink now through 2013. 125 cases made. "

Keuka Lake Vineyards Semi Dry Riesling 2010
" The Semi-Dry Riesling is a blend of fruit from 20 Rows (35%), Goldman (34%), Ernesto (15%), Lucie (7%), Upper Eastside (5%), and Evergreeen Lek (4%) Riesling vineyards. The 2010 vintage in the Finger Lakes was warm, sunny, and dry, with harvest occuring an average of three weeks ahead of 2009. A

Keuka Lake Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2011
" This Cabernet Franc was produced using fruit grown by Harry Humphries of Overlook Farms, a fine producer with vineyards located along the west side of Seneca Lake.  Just shy of six tons was crushed and fermented in small 1-ton bins and the caps punched down by hand twice daily to achieve

Keuka Lake Vineyards Fournier Vyd Leon Millot 2011
" The Fournier vineyard is located on the east side of Keuka Lake, the y-shaped crooked lake of the Finger Lakes in upstate New York. The vineyard is named after the legendary Charles Fournier, an early vinifera pioneer in the Finger Lakes. Fournier planted our Leon Millot over fifty years ago on a