2020 Red Tail Ridge Chardonnay Finger Lakes

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Nancy Irelan is making compelling wines in the Finger Lakes and we are excited to see her and the vibrant community of FLX winemakers continue to push the boundaries of what this region can do. With a focus on refreshing, lower alcohol wines and increased plantings of cooler climate reds, the Finger Lakes is creating an identity beyond riesling and we’re totally here for it. Nancy has a PhD in Grape Genetics and spent years working in quality research at E&J Gallo, tinkering with which varietals would fare best in our changing climates. Tired of what had become an administrative role filled with meetings, she and her partner Mike Schnell moved from California to the Finger Lakes in 2005 to start their dream project. This unoaked chardonnay is a blend of their estate fruit from vines planted in 2006 with purchased grapes from older vines planted in the 1960s. Fermented in stainless steel with light lees contact, it’s a beautifully made wine which paired well with a cozy dinner of roast chicken & brussels sprouts with the last bits of last winter’s preserved meyer lemons.

 
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