VIP Tasting – Wine and Food Together

Red Newt VIP tastingVisit to Alsace – FLX Style
Friday, June 2nd – Sunday, June 25th  11:30am & 3:30pm

This month, we’ll be focusing on three grape varieties that find a home in Alsace:  Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris.  At Red Newt we like to experiment and push the envelope that contains what people perceive as a Finger Lakes “style”.  In reality, the style of these wines is simply what we perceive when we peer past the preconceptions, and focus on the personality and expression of the vineyard.  Winemaking paths and vinification techniques within this group are diverse, inspired, and exciting.  And we are excited to share these wines with you!

…And we’ve paired the wines with a tasting plate designed by the Bistro chef, Jeremy Personius.

This tasting is limited to 10 people, by reservation, and is curated exclusively by one of the Red Newt team with in depth insights and commentary on the wines and the food.

Reserve your seat today!

Visit to Alsace – FLX Style
Friday, June 2nd – Sunday, June 25th  11:30am & 3:30pm

This tasting is limited to 10 people, by reservation, and is curated exclusively by one of the Red Newt team with in depth insights and commentary on the wines and the food.

2012 Riesling – Bullhorn Creek Vineyards

Bullhorn Creek Vineyard is on the east side of Seneca Lake less than one mile from Red Newt Cellars. For decades grape grower Steve Bond has worked with the nuances of weather and soil to produce exceptional fruits on this pristine Hector vineyard land. Delicate honeysuckle in the nose is followed by a dry, perfectly balanced palate with hints of nectarine and quince.  This Riesling captures the expression of the land and the grower’s passion, and displays the quintessential personality of Finger Lakes Riesling.  Wine Advocate – 90 points, Wine Enthusiast – 90 points  , Wine Spectator – 88 points , Vinous – 92 points

2013 Riesling – Barrel Fermented

This wine marks Red Newt’s first foray into barrel fermented Riesling and is a clear reflection of our careful winemaking approach.  Having tasted many examples, local and especially international, of Rieslings that had fermented in oak barrels, we were intrigued to see how it would work with our own wines.  Simply put, our favorite examples from around the world are so well done that the fact they spent time in  barrel is undetectable and irrelevant; they neither smell or taste of oak.  Rather, the oak component is there to broaden and deepen the midpalate texture of the wine; a textural component from the oak itself as well as the lees contact a barrel provides.  That was our aim in this wine, a barrel fermented Riesling that explores how to use oak without it being noticed.

2013 Pinot Gris “Vin Gris”

The Pinot Gris that hails from Curry Creek is remarkably dense in its fruit concentration and at the time of harvest its skin pygmentation was so dark it could be confused for Pinot Noir.  This presents a winemaking challenge, as that concentration can come across as overly harsh and tannic in a white wine style.  We addressed this challenge by taking the press fractioned component and treating it just like its clonal cousins Chardonnay or Pinot Noir, with oak fermentation and  lees stirring to soften the wines texture, as well as allowing the wine to go through malolactic fermentation to make it creamier and the skins phenolics more in balance.  The 2013 Vin Gris marks the first vintage of this wine, and one that we were pleased with enough to bottle it on its own.

2014 Gewurztraminer – Barrel Fermented

The goal of this wine was to produce a Gewurztraminer that focused more intensely on the mouthfeel and texture of the grape rather than the exuberant bouquet. Vin13 was chosen due to its low Nitrogen requirements and thiol production. Extended lees contact and stirring assist in incorporating the higher alcohol that this grape can create.

2014 Gewurztraminer – Curry Creek Vineyard

Curry Creek Vineyard always delivers a gewurztraminer for those who love gewurztraminer.  Opulent, rich, generous in floral and fruit characters; this is an exuberant expression of the perfume and richness that we love in Gewurztraminer.  We hope you also find this wine a bold expression of the grape, the 2014 growing season, and the hard work and dedication of growers John and Allison Santos.

Tasting reservations available:
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday / 11:30am, 3:30pm

Lifechanging Riesling in the Finger Lakes