The Chardonnay Seneca Lake Osmote are sourced from vines planted in the 1980s to north-south orientation on deep, gravelly loam soils. Hand harvested, sorted, and whole cluster pressed. Wine is un-inoculated and instead undergoes natural fermentation in 400 and 500L barrels, with some lees stirring. Aged on lees until first racking at 1 month before bottling.
Ben Riccardi founded osmote in 2014 and brings the sensibilities of a young gun who has worked in Sonoma, New Zealand and France along with Big Apple attitude from time honing his skills at Manhattan’s City Winery. Using fruit from both Seneca and Cayuga Lakes – there are 11 Lakes in total with four considered the best for winemaking and these two with their own AVAs – Ben makes low-intervention, wild-yeast wines that revel in freshness and lower alcohol. We love the lightness of touch he brings to his Chardonnays (both unoaked and with some large barrel influence) and Riesling. The hybrids that can often lead the region astray- along with being freezing in the winter there can be considerable pressure on vines during hot and humid summers – are focussed and original.