Finger Lakes, New York
Bloomer Creek Dry Riesling Barrow Vineyard Reserve is a white wine gem for those who appreciate the noble Riesling grape. In 2013, Bloomer Creek purchased a vineyard, abandoned for over 30 years, on the east side of Seneca Lake. The high rocky hillside was planted to eight acres of vines; Riesling, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Vinified from extended skin-contact and spontaneously fermented in stainless-steel, this 2017 Riesling Reserve is a compelling interplay between minerality and sumptuous fruit. Unfined and unfiltered, with minimal S02 only at bottling. Barrow in Old Norse means "high rocky hill and burial mound."
Bloomer Creek is a true pioneer in natural winemaking in New York State, more specifically in the Finger Lakes Region. If you so much as mention working organically to New York winemakers, you will hear again and again that is an impossible feat, much as the first natural winemakers in the Loire valley and Burgundy heard from their peers. In spite of this, Kim Engle and Debra Bermingham have been crafting beautiful examples of natural wine anyway. They do not use insecticides, finding them to be unnecessary in a healthy vineyard, and herbicides have not been used in over 20 years. Fungus disease is controlled by the use of sulfur for powdery mildew and copper for downy mildew. Seaweed/fish and compost formulations are sprayed to aid in disease resistance and vine health. Practicing organic (not certified)
Bloomer Creek Dry Riesling Barrow Vineyard Reserve is soft yellow-green in color with a beautiful nose of pear, apricot, apple, and spice. Medium in body with a dry finish, the wine is beautifully balanced with lively acidity. It offers rich flavors of apricots, green apples, and beautiful minerality. It was fermented in stainless steel, with no oak. This wine is elegant and refreshing with a long, clean finish.
Enjoy Bloomer Creek Dry Riesling Barrow Vineyard Reserve over the next 3-4 years with pan-fried trout, grilled shrimp, fried chicken, and spicy Thai dishes.