2016 Fiori Delle Stelle Vidal Blanc Ice Wine
Estate Grown and Bottled
The long, cold winters of the Finger Lakes region provide the ideal conditions for our authentic ice wine. We hand pick and press frozen grapes in frigid weather to yield a trickle of sweet nectar with a stunning array of possible fruit flavors depending on the vintage. Our 2016 Fiori Vidal Blanc Ice Wine is a lusciously sweet explosion of honey and apricot aromas and flavors, following by a long satisfying finish. This exceptional wine is a labor of love and one of the world’s most highly awarded genuine ice wines.
Grapes. 100% Vidal Blanc
Harvest date. December 15, 2016
Brix at harvest. 40.8o
Viticulture notes. Vidal Blanc is a French-American white wine grape developed by Jean Louis Vidal in France in the 1930s. We trellis it high above the ground and train it in a downward, umbrella-like growth pattern. The vines are not thinned to help maintain high acidity. Grapes are left on the vine past normal harvest and into the winter. Vidal Blanc is winter-hardy, with thick skins that resist splitting. But the risks are still high. The longer grapes remain on the vine, the more exposed they are to weather damage, disease or consumption by animals. We produce our renowned Vidal Blanc Ice Wine using the authentic German Eiswein method. When the temperature dips below 18oF (8oC) for the first time, usually in December or early January, we hand pick and press the frozen grapes outdoors.
Winemaker. Matt Cassavaugh
Fermentation. Stainless steel at low temperature
Alcohol by volume. 9%
Acidity. pH 3.3, TA 13.0 g/l
Residual sugar. 20.8%
IRF scale. Sweet
Aging. Stainless steel
Bottling date. December 6, 2017
Bottle volume. 375ml
Production. 49 cases
Wine series. Fiori
Year first produced. 1996 (1995 vintage)
Winemaking notes. The frozen grapes are pressed outdoors in a classic basket press, producing a sweet syrup which we ferment at cool temperatures with special yeast to maintain a bright nose and beautiful aromas. Fermentation proceeds very slowly, often persisting through the winter and into spring.
Enjoying our Vidal Blanc Ice Wine
- At our winery in Fairport
- At select wine & spirits stores in New York State
- At com for direct shipment to residences and workplaces in 37 states.
- 92 Points, Gold Medal, “Exceptional”, 2017 BTI World Wine Challenge (tastings.com)
- 95 Points, Chairman’s Trophy, “Extraordinary”, 2015 Ultimate Wine Challenge
- 93 Points, Gold Medal, “Exceptional”, 2013 BTI World Wine Challenge (tastings.com); Gold Medal, 2014 Denver International Wine Competition
- Featured White Wine of the Month, 2012, U.S. House of Representatives (29th Congressional District)
- Gold Medal and Best of Class, 2012 Pacific Rim International Wine Competition
- Double Gold and Best of Show, Dessert Wines, 2010 New York Wine & Food Classic Competition
- Chairman’s Award and Best of Show, Dessert Wines, 2010 Riverside International Wine Competition
- Double Gold and Best of Show, Dessert Wines, 2010 Pacific Rim Wine International Wine Competition
- Gold and Best of Show, 2010 New York State Ice Wine Festival
- Best Dessert Wine Trophy, Gold Medal and Best in Class, 2008 International Wine & Spirits Competition
- Governor’s Cup, Best Wine in New York State, 2005 New York Wine & Food Classic Competition
Aging. Store at cool temperature (approx.55º), out of direct sunlight. As the wine ages in the bottle in your cellar, a tiny bit of air slowly percolates through the cork, which micro-oxygenates the wine, darkening the color slightly to yellow and eventually to gold. Its flavors also slowly age, from bright fruit flavors like citrus, peach and pineapple, toward “darker” flavors like raisins and honey.
Serving temp. 45-50ºF
Tasting notes. Our Fiori Vidal Ice Wine is a lusciously sweet explosion of honey and apricot aromas and flavors, followed by a long, satisfying finish.
Pairing suggestions. Rich appetizers like blue-veined cheeses and foie gras; paired with or drizzled over desserts such as Crème Brûlée, fruit and nut tarts and pies, and rich ice creams; or sipped all by itself in a small wine glass instead of dessert!