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Reserve Chardonnay, Kaiser Vineyard, 2014

Reserve Chardonnay, Kaiser Vineyard
Primary Aromas & Flavors
Notes of pear, apple, green olive and hints of oak on the nose.
Sweetness - 10/100
Food & Wine Pairing
Pair this dry wine with creamy corn chowder, roast duck with olives, frittatas and soufflés, macaroni and cheese or succulent lobster and scallops.
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Bottle Price: $15
Case Price: $180
Name:
Reserve Chardonnay, Kaiser Vineyard
Vintage:
2014
Bottle Size:
750ml
Appellation:
Seneca Lake
Composition:
100% Estate-grown Chardonnay
Harvest Date:
October 3, 2014
Harvest Brix:
20.0 Brix
Bottling Date:
August 27, 2015
Residual Sugar:
0.2%
Acid:
6.5 g/L
pH:
3.47
Alcohol:
12.4%
Production:
848 cases
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Tasting Notes For Reserve Chardonnay, Kaiser Vineyard, 2014
Classic cool-climate Chardonnay aroma notes: pear, apple, and green olive, supported by hints of oak and creamy yeast. Snappy and refreshing on the palate, with medium body and great flavor persistence.
Vineyard Notes For Reserve Chardonnay, Kaiser Vineyard, 2014
GROWING CONDITIONS: 2014's growing season was a classic nail-biter. Cool and wet conditions predominated through the spring and summer, giving growers little hope of a high-quality crop. But as summer turned to fall, rain stopped falling and we enjoyed a prolonged dry and sunny end to the season. As a result, we were able to make some of the tastiest wines of the last decade.

VINEYARD SITE: Fox Run Vineyard Block 1, the oldest planting on our property, named after our vineyard manager.
VINEYARD INFORMATION:
Block 1 – Planting established in 1984 in clays and silts with shallow topsoil at an elevation of 580 ft.
Production/Winemaker's Notes For Reserve Chardonnay, Kaiser Vineyard, 2014
The fruit was machine picked in the early morning when temperatures were still cool. The grapes were crushed and pressed, and the juice was settled overnight. After racking, the juice was inoculated with our favorite yeast strain, then transferred into barrels. Fermentation lasted 18 days. The wine was left on its yeast lees for a further eight months, after which the barrels were combined in a stainless steel tank. After settling and filtration, the wine was ready for bottling.

History

Dairy Barn in 1895

Humble Beginings Steeped in History

Fox Run sits high on Torrey Ridge, overlooking one of the deepest parts of Seneca Lake. With fifty acres of east facing vineyards on glacial soils, the winery produces a remarkable range of limited-production, site-expressive estate wines.

For more than a century Fox Run was a dairy farm. Native grape varieties put the Finger Lakes on the map a century and half ago, and French-American hybrids, bred for cold resistance, still have an important niche in the region. But Osborn is convinced that non-hybrid European Vinifera grapes can yield wine excellent enough to put the Finger Lakes in the ranks of the world’s top fine wine producers.

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From Dairy Barn To Winery

The first grapes were planted in 1984 and the Civil War-era dairy barn was converted to a winemaking facility in 1990– three years before Scott Osborn took over the helm. In 1996, farther up the slope a new facility was completed with state-of-the-art capabilities and view of Seneca Lake that is unrivaled. Working closely with winemaker Peter Bell and vineyard manager John Kaiser, the Osborn’s are dedicated to a program of minimal intervention winemaking.

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A State-Of-The-Art Winery

In 1996, a new wine facility was completed with state-of-the-art capabilities and views of Seneca Lake that remain unrivaled. In 2001, architects Jim Durfee and Scott Hemenway redesigned the original dairy barn, creating a new wine center and tasting room that maintains the original rustic character, while taking further advantage of the dramatic panoramic views of Seneca Lake. The original barrel room remains at the heart of the 2001 design, retaining the dramatic timber frame character and soaring space.

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Expansion

in 2000, Fox Run underwent a major renovation. There was an expansion of the Tasting Room, along with the addition of a gift shop and tasting bar.

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Family Owned, Poised for Growth

In 2012, Fox Run Vineyards became exclusively family-owned. Scott and Ruth Osborn, together with Kathleen and Albert Zafonte, Ruth Osborn’s sister and brother in-law are setting the course for an exciting new chapter.

"We are redefining our legacy", says Scott Osborn. "The team is tight here. Our acclaimed senior winemaker, Peter Bell, has overseen 18 estate vintages and John Kaiser, our vineyard manager, began developing the vineyards in 1984 – even before I set eyes on this magnificent property. We are all excited about the future here and our focus will center on the signature wines of the estate."

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Redefining the Legacy

Producing 15,000 cases annually, Fox Run Vineyards plantings include: Riesling, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Lemberger, Cabernet Franc, and Pinot Noir.

Current releases include Riesling, Reserve Riesling, Chardonnay, Reserve Chardonnay, Lemberger and Pinot Noir. Fox Run also produces a Meritage blended from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc plus a Blanc de Blancs sparkler made from estate Chardonnay. There are also several wood-aged fortified wines - including a Tawny and Ruby-style Port. Hedonia – a White Port made entirely from Traminette grapes, was launched recently. A trio of Rieslings: The Geology Series, an expression of place, method and time, was also introduced recently.

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Interview with Ruth Osborn of Fox Run Vineyards

Paul Thomas of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail conducts an interview with Ruth Osborn, co-owner of Fox Run Vineyards, located on the western side of Seneca Lake in the heart of Finger Lakes Wine Country. This interview took place in mid 2014.

Fox Run current releases include Riesling, Reserve Riesling, Chardonnay, Reserve Chardonnay, Lemberger and Pinot Noir. Fox Run also produces a Meritage blended from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc plus a Blanc de Blancs sparkler made from estate Chardonnay. There are also several wood-aged fortified wines - including a Tawny and Ruby-style Port. In 2012, Hedonia - a White Port made entirely from Traminette grapes, was launched. A trio of Rieslings: The Geology Series, an expression of place, method and time, was introduced in the spring of 2012.