Aromas of blackberry, black cherry, allspice and leather. The palate shows ripe wild blackberries, a kiss of toast and vanilla, as well as boysenberry. Medium weight with youthful, persistent tannins.
Mike Schnelle and Nancy Irelan purchased their 34 acre property in 2004 and built their winery from the terroir up. This husband and wife team has since dedicated themselves to producing fine wines from a number of different varieties. Having worked as an executive in charge of viticulture and oenology R&D at a large California winery, Nancy is passionate about the vineyard and sustainability.
The facility itself is New York’s first LEED-certified winery. In addition to farming sustainably, Red Tail Ridge is working with a number of cool-climate varieties. Beyond Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, they have planted some more obscure red varieties from other cool-climate areas including Teroldego (Northern Italy), Dornfelder (Germany), and Blaufränkisch (Austria).
FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS
Charcuterie, Cheese, Chicken/Turkey, Duck, Fish-full flavored (salmon/tuna), Mushrooms, Pizza, Pork, Red Meat, Roasted Root Vegetables, Slow-smoked Barbeque/BBQ Sauce, Tapas, Tomato Sauce, Wild Game