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Lots of fresh-grapefruit zest and white peaches in this medium-bodied dry white that's got plenty of structure and character. Long, clean and mineral finish. Very food friendly. Drink or hold. 


Empire Estate is a collaboration between Thomas Pastuszak, wine director of The Nomad Hotel in Manhattan and winemaker Kelby Russell. Crafted in a dry style, the majority of the fruit is sourced from vineyards around Seneca Lake - on the east side, there is more shale- and clay-rich sites in the area of Hector and Lodi, and on the west side, there are more gravel- and loam-rich sites near Dundee and Dresden. The wine was fermented in stainless steel.


The Finger Lakes are located in the heart of New York State, about a four hour drive northwest of New York City.  There are 11 individual lakes in the region, some of which are the deepest in the United States.  The deep lake basins moderate the temperatures of the vineyards planted on their steep banks allowing vines to thrive in a protected cool microclimate ideal for Riesling.

Empire Estate, Dry Riesling Finger Lakes 2018 [Finger Lakes, NY]

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