The Classique is the most important wine from Forge because it reflects their work on a larger scale. Sixteen different lieux-dits, each vinified separately, are the basis of this wine and represent the DNA of Classique.
This wine reflects the substance and diversity of southeast Seneca Lake. It fermented in both vats and old oak (228 liter Burgundy barrels and demi-muids) with indigenous yeasts for several months, as is typical of our wines. Combining aromas of mineral and fruit: mango, jasmine, flint, it delivers a balanced texture, straightforward while being both long and soft.
- Soils: shale, gravelly loam and clay with limestone
- Hand-harvested, sorted, and whole cluster pressed
- Fermented in 70% used French oak barrels (used) and 30% stainless steel tanks
- Alcohol: 12% by vol.
The Finger Lakes - FLX as the cool kids call it - is set to come on strong and is a wine region to watch. With a combination of now older vines, more experienced winemakers, more investment, and even global warming to an extent, the wines from here have never been better.
Forge is a small, artisanal producer focusing entirely on Dry Riesling and Pinot Noir. Forge are 3 partners: French Winemaker-Grower, Louis Barruol of Château de Saint Cosme in Gigondas and American partners Richard Rainey, and Justin Boyette