2016 Vidal Blanc
We produce this delicious aromatic white wine from the same grape variety as our famous Fiori Vidal Blanc Ice Wine.
Grapes: 100% Vidal Blanc
Appellation: Finger Lakes
Harvest date(s): Oct. 26, 2016
Viticulture notes: Vidal Blanc is a rare white French-American wine grape developed by Jean Louis Vidal in France in the 1930s. It is winter-hardy, with thick skins that resist frosts. We trellis it high above the ground and train it in a downward, umbrella-like growth pattern. It can hang late into the season and is often the last grape picked during harvest. It produces moderate sugar, plentiful natural acidity and a range of possible fruit flavors depending on the vintage, from pineapple and grapefruit to peach.
Winemaker: Matt Cassavaugh
Fermentation: Stainless steel at low temperature
Alcohol by volume: 11.5%
Residual sugar: 1.1%
IRF scale: Medium Dry
Aging: Stainless steel
Acidity: pH 3.0, TA 8.1 g/L
Bottle volume: 750ml
Bottling date: February 1, 2017
Production: 191 cases
Wine series: Classic
Year first produced: 1988
Winemaking notes: Slow fermentation in stainless steel tanks lasts into the early winter. The wine is then aged on light lees to encourage body and roundness. Bottling occurs while the wine is young to maintain and emphasize the tropical aromas unique to the variety.
Enjoying our Vidal Blanc
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.
- 2016 Vintage results to be determined.
- 2015 Vintage: Gold Medal, 2016 New York Wine and Food Classic
- 2014 Vintage: 91 Points, Gold Medal, Best Buy, 2015 Beverage Testing Institute World Wine Challenge (tastings.com)
- 2013 Vintage: Gold Medal, 2014 Denver International Wine Competition
Aging: Store at cool temperature (55º-60ºF) and out of direct sunlight. This wine is produced to be drunk young, crisp and fresh, i.e. within 2 years of bottling.
Serving temp: 55º-60ºF
Tasting notes: This rare unoaked aromatic wine, fermented from the same grape variety as our renowned Vidal Blanc Ice Wine, exhibits a subtle nose of peaches, and a long citrus finish.
Pairing suggestions: Crab cakes, smoked meats, salads with vinaigrette dressing, goat cheese.