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|Winery||Bloomer Creek Winery|
|Country of Origin||USA|
In cooler years with less ripening, we make a different style of wine from of our Cabernet Franc grapes by using a different “recipe.” In a good ripening season, the hand harvested grapes will be partially de-stemmed, crushed and fermented with whole clusters added back in open top fermenters for two to three weeks at cellar temperature. The juice then remains on the gross lees for 10 to 11 months in 12 year old (and older!) French oak barrels. In cooler years we make “Vin d’été” in a style akin to carbonic maceration using a high percentage of whole clusters in the fermentation. Vin d’été is not aged in oak. The resulting style is lighter – brambly and bright, drink Vin d’été lightly chilled.
In 1982 Kim Engle and Deb Bermingham purchased a 30-acre farm in the Finger Lakes region, 10 acres of which they planted to a variety of cool climate grapes. They named the vineyard Bloomer Creek and for the last three decades they have meticulously farmed it using organic methods.
They employ no herbicides, no irrigation, fruit is hand-harvested, and only natural native yeasts are used for fermentation. They often utilize whole clusters in their winemaking, including the whites, extended lees aging, and they allow fermentations to progress at their own rate without using temperature control.
In a part of the world where winemakers don’t often take risks, Bloomer Creek seems afraid not to and the results are wonderful. Both their whites and their reds are incredibly distinctive, age-worthy and expressive of the place and time in which they were produced. That place is the Finger Lakes, and Bloomer Creek may be the single most unique, and compelling voice in town.
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