2013 Growing Season
Wet was the defining word for the early months of the 2013 growing season. Above average rainfall lasted through June, July and the first part of August. The moisture and heat resulted in vigorous canopy growth that required a great deal of attention in the vineyards. By mid August, the wet summer gave way to an extended and beautiful dry ripening period post veraison.
Moisture pressures returned in late September, as later ripening varietals experienced site specific intensive disease pressure. In large part,the premium Seneca Lake vineyards that Bellangelo has partnered with (the Tuller, Gibson, Morris and Sawmill Creek Vineyards) were able to mitigate much of the disease pressure, and in some instances and varietals, the warm August and September enabled grapes to achieve brix levels higher than were seen in the extended and warm 2012 growing season. Temperatures dropped quickly as fall approached, and by the last of Bellangelo’s Riesling harvests on November 22, 2013, the temperature was barely 20°F. Overall, 2013 was a difficult yet beautiful vintage that enabled the unique Finger Lakes combination of beautifully ripe fruit with mouth watering levels of acidity.
Nose: Black Currant, Cedar, Vanilla
Palate: Black Currant, Plumb, Tobacco
Finish: Balanced Tannins with Lingering Blueberry Finish
At Bellangelo, we suggest classic Meritage pairings with our wine, including duck, rich vegetable casseroles, and nearly any red meat.
Composition: 50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc
Vineyards: Gibson Vineyard (50%), Sawmill Creek Vineyard (30%), Morris Vineyard (20%)
Appellation: Seneca Lake, Finger Lakes
TA: 6.1 g/L
Malolactic Fermentation: Full ML
Barrel Aging: Aged for 14 months in oak
Type of Oak: 60% 1 year-old French oak, 40% 4
year-old or older French and American oak
Bottling Date: May 8, 2014
Bottle: Antique Green Bordeaux 750mL
Closure: Premium Natural Cork
Production: 225 cases