Fruit for this wine is grown in Ravines’ Sixteen Falls, White Springs, and Argetsinger estate vineyards. The soils are clay loam over limestone or shale. Grapes were hand harvested and fermented in open-top tanks with 15 percent whole cluster inclusion. The wine was pressed off after a month and aged in French oak barrels, 10 percent new.
It’s a limpid barn red color with a clear rim, and its fragrance suggests strawberries, cranberries, hibiscus, and dried rose petals. The palate has crystalline acidity and sparkly red berry fruit, with touches of fresh herbs (I got tarragon). The tannins are modest, but the wine finishes in an astringent flourish.
All of this makes it food-loving. Pair it with preparations of poultry, pork, fish, or beef. Its light texture also makes it a good wine for vegetarian and vegan foods.
2017 Ravines Pinot Noir Finger Lakes
13% abv | $25 (sample)