Grower: Barbichette Wines
Region: Finger Lakes, New York
Grape Varieties: Riesling
Category: White, Sparkling, Pet-Nat
Fermentation is the magical process that separates a winemaker from a farmer. Both roles are crucial and demand respect. A farmer produces the raw ingredients that can only be degraded in quality from the moment they are separated from their mother Earth. A winemaker must steward these grapes into a new iteration while taking great care at every stage to maintain the quality and preserve the dignity of the raw material. When a secondary fermentation is introduced, the complexities of a winemaker’s role go up exponentially. The reward, if it pays off, is worth the risk. In this case, the role of the dice has yielded very fine results indeed. Yahtzee. Bingo. Jackpot. We are quite pleased with the double dose of magic found in these bottles. Expect a slightly off-dry (for the better, trust us), vaguely coffee-inflected honeyed riesling overtone on top of a very pleasant bubble and well-rounded acid backbone holding it all together.