Forge Cellars located in Hector NY, USA – on the hills overlooking serene Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes. This project took 3 years to realize but the intent has always been clear – to make the best Riesling and Pinot Noir possible from the Finger Lakes of New York. We work with several different growers for a host of reasons vineyard aspect, soil, viticulture practices and general philosophies. The Finger Lakes is interesting as there are many growers that grow more than they make and even growers that don’t even make wine. What does this mean? Well, I would argue it is a great thing because the ability to find fruit is easier than in some parts of the world. That being said, finding quality fruit presents its own challenges. Our Solution? A friend by the name of Phil Davis who is a grower and partner of a great winery named Damiani Wine Cellars offered several years ago to help us navigate the grape grower maze. In a short time, we have been able to establish very good relationships with several high quality growers and the insight they and Phil have been able to provide has been invaluable in helping us to achieve the quality levels we were aiming for.
Forge’s Riesling has depth and complexity and is refreshing with minerality. Pear, green apple and lemon citrus show on the bouquet of this aromatic, high in acidity with tartness characterizing the final taste. The fruit aromas on the bouquet continue to the palate with pear and green apple fruit making up the majority of the flavor. This Riesling was made with combination of indigenous and non-indigenous yeasts which may help contribute to the of the depth and complexity.