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Primary Aromas & Flavors
Aromas of plum jam, blackberries, cedar and spice.
Sweetness - 0/100
Food & Wine Pairing
This Merlot is particularly delightful alongside meltingly rare beef tenderloin, slow-roasted vegetables with rosemary, smoky barbecued spareribs, and toasty bruschetta topped with fresh tomatoes, garlic and shavings of nutty Parmesan.
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Bottle Size:
Finger Lakes
88% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon
Harvest Date:
October 23, 2013
Harvest Brix:
23.2 Brix
Bottling Date:
January 20, 2015
Residual Sugar:
5.45 g/L
560 cases
Tasting Notes For Merlot, 2013
Classic Merlot aromas suggesting plum jam, blackberries, cedar and spice greet the nose. In the mouth, this wine is rich and velvety, with fine-grained tannins.
Vineyard Notes For Merlot, 2013
GROWING CONDITIONS: 2013 presented considerable challenges to Finger Lakes growers. Heavy rain throughout June and July slowed ripening and made vineyard access difficult. To everyone’s delight, though, the rains stopped around mid-August and we enjoyed seven weeks of the driest, warmest weather in memory.

VINEYARD SITE: Fox Run Vineyards Blocks 5, 7, 9, 10
Block 5 – Plantings established in 1994 in alternating layers of clays and sand at an elevation of 470 ft.
Block 7 – Plantings established in 1996 in alternating layers of sand and clays at an elevation of 450 ft.
Block 9 – Plantings established in 2000 in clays and silts with shallow bedrock and glacial till at an elevation of 595 ft.
Block 10 – Plantings established in 1998 in fertile, well-drained soil with sandy loam over lakeshore stones at an elevation of 660 ft.
Production/Winemaker's Notes For Merlot, 2013
Grapes were machine picked at dawn, and were immediately crushed into open-top fermentation vessels. Our favorite yeast strain was added, and fermentation began within 24 hours. At dryness, the grapes were pressed to a stainless steel tank. After several days of settling, the wine was transferred to a mixture of French and American oak barrels. Following aging in oak, the wine was blended with a small amount of Cabernet sauvignon for added richness and complexity.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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."


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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