In June I had a great experience at Lamoreaux Landing Winery observing a tasting with the winemaker, Josh Wig. It’s always a pleasure for me to hear about winemaking from an expert. Lamoreaux Landing was named after a steamboat landing on Seneca Lake from another time. The winery boast 120 acres total with 75 acres in grapes. In the past 10 years, they have tripled their vineyards to keep up with the demand. Each year, they increase their acreage so they do not fall behind in production. It takes 3-5 years before vines produce quality grapes that can be used in making quality wines.
Lamoreaux winery produces several different Riesling wines, some of are “single vineyard” wines which means that all of the grapes in a particular wine came from one area of the estate so they could highlight the personality of the soil. The region has 4 primary types of soil: limestone, dolomite, sandstone and siltstone. Each type of soil introduces a different taste profile.
One of my favorite things that Josh said was that Cabernet Franc is the darling of the reds here in the Finger Lakes. Riesling, of course, is Queen of the whites so it is only right that we should have a darling in the reds!