Petite Noir is a unique, medium-dry, unoaked red wine, fresh, fruity, very low in tannins, and with a tiny bit of sweetness in the background. It’s the perfect introductory red for white wine drinkers!
Grapes. Petite Noir is a unique blend of two red grape varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon and DeChaunac) and one white (Vidal Blanc). The proportions depend on the growing season.
Appellation. Finger Lakes
Viticulture notes. For this and several other wines, our vineyard crew chooses vine management techniques that bring out and preserve the naturally vibrant fruit flavors in the grapes.
Winemaker. Matt Cassavaugh
Fermentation. In stainless steel tanks. No malolactic fermentation is performed.
Alcohol by volume. 11%
Residual sugar. 1.8%
IRF scale. Medium Dry
Aging. In stainless steel tanks.
Acidity. pH 3.4, TA 7.2 g/L
Bottling dates. April 6 and 19, 2017
Production. 516 cases 750mL
Wine series. Vineyard
TTB ID. 16340-001-000408
Year first produced: 1987
Winemaking notes. The grapes fermented for Petite Noir receive moderate skin contact to enhance the red fruit aromas while limiting tannin extraction. Fermentation occurs at lower temperatures common
to red wines yet higher than those used for white. An abbreviated aging period occurs only in stainless steel tanks to allow for maximum expression of fruit. We conduct extensive blend trials and choose a unique proportion of the various component wines to maintain as consistent a flavor profile from year to year as possible.
Enjoying Petite Noir
Availability. At our winery in Fairport; at selected wine and spirits stores and restaurants in New York State; at CasaLarga.com for direct shipment to residences and workplaces in 37 states.
Aging: Store at cool temperature (55º-60ºF) and out of direct sunlight. This wine, like most unoaked wines, was produced to be enjoyed while young and fresh, i.e. within roughly 2 years of bottling.
Serving temperature: Enjoy Petite Noir at cool room temperature or lightly chilled (55º-60ºF).
Tasting notes. Unoaked and fresh, Petite Noir has many of the characteristics of white wines, especially lower tannins and crisp fruit flavors, but with the heartiness of red wines, reminiscent of Beaujolais Nouveau.
Pairing suggestions. Grilled meats, pizza or pasta with tomato-based sauces, salads with sweeter dressings.