A true landmark from the Finger Lakes! Charles Fournier was a pioneer of New York State's wine industry. Originally a winemaker at Champagne Veuve Clicquot, he came to the Finger Lakes in 1934 and was instrumental in championing European grape varieties and produced the first commercial vinifera wines in New York State at Gold Seal in 1961.
This single-vineyard Chardonnay comes from grapes grown in the Doyle Vineyard planted by Charles Fournier in the 1970s on the Eastern shore of Seneca Lake. The glaciers that formed the Finger Lakes deposited a shallow layer of topsoil on sloping shale beds — ideal conditions for winegrowing. The deep lakes moderate the climate providing the vineyards protection from the extremes in weather.
The wine was aged in stainless steel, as opposed to oak, to preserve the fresh flavors and texture. Aromas of pear, green apple, and wet stone are complemented on the palate by citrus notes and minerality leading to a long finish.
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