The Riesling Seneca Lake Osmote are sourced from two separate vineyards, each located on either the north or south side of Sawmill Creek which flows over a series of waterfalls into Seneca Lake. Vineyard altitude ranges from 490-820ft above sea level. The Riesling Seneca Lake Osmote grapes were hand harvested very carefully selected during a rainy harvest season. Perfect fruit was whole cluster pressed in a horizontal bladder press. Some juice went straight from press to barrel to start natural fermentation while rest of juice sat in tank until signs of natural fermentation. No juice racking. Juice in tank was moved to barrel after signs of ferment, so all wine fermented in neutral 400 and 500L French oak barrels. Wine stayed on gross lees until 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.