Hermann J. Wiemer Cuvee Brut Seneca Lake 2014
Hermann J. Wiemer emigrated from Bernkastel, Germany to the Finger Lakes in the 1960's, and planted one of the first successful vinifera vineyards on Seneca Lake in 1976. His dedication and attention to detail allowed the project to thrive, and Hermann J. Wiemer has become known as a premier domestic Riesling producer. 65% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir. Sustainable.
WA92: The 2014 Cuvée Brut is a 63/37 blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, disgorged in March 2019 after 43 months on the lees. Happily, the disgorgement date is hand-stamped on the label (although my actual bottle had no labels yet; it will be, though). It comes in at 12% alcohol and with three grams of sugar. This is the first disgorgement for this. There will be at least one more. This already shows fine complexity, concentration and power. It grips the palate and lingers beautifully. It's a very serious sparkler that should age well, perhaps better than anticipated. This is the only sparkler this issue that made me unequivocally happy. It is super. With the Chardonnay from HJW Vineyard and the Pinot Noir from Magdalena Vineyard, there were 450 cases produced.