Barry Family Cellars "Four-Track Demo" Red Finger Lakes 2021
Barry Family Cellars was founded in 2011 by Ken and Ian Barry in Burdett, New York, near Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes Region. Ian worked at wineries in the Hudson Valley, Oregon and Washington, and makes the Barry Family wines with techniques he personally enjoys, eschewing intervention in favor of more minimalist techniques.
Vineyards: two sites on Seneca Lake – Sawmill Creek vineyard on the east side and Tuller Vineyard on the west side. Both sustainable
Syrah, Pinot Noir, Blaufrankisch, Riesling
Making of: The grapes for this wine were co-fermented in one-ton bins with around 30% of whole cluster fermentation. No adjustments were made to the fermentations and they proceeded at ambient temperatures using ambient wild yeast for both primary fermentation and malolactic. When the fermentations were winding down, they were pressed in a basket press and racked into older (7-10-year-old) French Oak barrels where they remained for a year and a half. The barrels were blended and a small sulfur addition (30ppm) was made before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Personality: fresh, lively mix! Wonderful fruitiness and lighter body (courtesy of the part-carbonic maceration) makes this very drinkable indeed.