Grape(s): 48% RTR Estate Chardonnay, 52% Doyle Fournier Vineyard
Localization: Finger Lakes, New York, USA
Tasting Notes: Red Tail Ridge Sans Oak Chardonnay reveals delicate pear on the nose with crunchy yellow apple and whiffs of citrus peel and mandarin oranges. White floral, honeysuckle and wet limestone follow. On the palate more concentrated citrus, lime, crisp apple, pear juice and cooked quince. Zippy acidity with a lingering note of lemon, faint vanilla and honey.
Notes: Fermented in stainless steel on light lees
The Domain: Red Tail Ridge is the First LEED Gold certified green winery in New York. Red Tail Ridge is a boutique winery located in the heart of the Finger Lakes on the western shore of Seneca Lake. We specialize in limited production cool climate wine grapes.
With a climate similar to the cool climate regions in Europe, the Fingers Lakes is the perfect place to experiment. It was important to Michael and I to set us up for the long-term, which is why we became a LEED-gold certified green winery—currently the only one in New York State.
Nancy Irelan is the winemaker and partner at Red Tail Ridge. She has been in the wine industry for over 35 years.
Nancy’s career path includes a decade at E&J Gallo as VP of Viticulture & Enology R&D, a PhD in grape genetics in the UC-Davis Viticulture and Enology Depart, along with various consulting gigs.
After years of large volume production and mass appeal, Red Tail Ridge is a personal journey of introspection for Nancy, as she focuses on how to best represent the unique personality and terroir of her vineyard.
Each wine is a tiny time capsule of typicity that reflects a moment in the life-history of our little property.