Like a glass of fine wine, a vineyard tells a story. Bloomer Creek Vineyard tells the story of two young people, Kim and Debra, who created something together – who bought a farm in the Finger Lakes and planted a vineyard in fields where sheep once grazed. Their farmhouse had many rooms with tall ornate windows looking out across cornfields and doors opening to a small orchard surrounded by Sugar Maples. Out back, Bloomer Creek warbled over a shallow shale bed. They came to this farmhouse by way of a love affair– a love affair with vines.
-From the Producer
Harvest is done by hand and winemaking methods are what they consider traditional. Fermentation is done with ambient or “wild” yeast. There is a considerable use of stems in fermentation especially with red wine, but to a lesser extent with white wine. All fermentations are done in small lots which are later blended. Fermentations tend to be very slow, where malolactic, or secondary fermentation, is often completed during the summer following harvest, and therefore lees contact is extended. Lees are not stirred. Most wines are fermented dry and are not fined or filtered, these practices lead to the production of distinctive and long lasting wines.
Bloomer Creek works with two distinct vineyard sites– Auten and Morehouse Road. They bottle wines separately from the two sites to showcase the distinctive terroir of each. Auten Vineyard was planted over 20 years ago and Morehouse Road Vineyard was first planted in 1999. Small blocks of Riesling, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and Gewurztraminer are found in both vineyards. Auten Vineyard additionally includes a small planting of Gruner Veltliner, and Morehouse Road Vineyard has a block of Chardonnay. The soil type is Lima, a fertile silt loam naturally high in lime. It runs deep with shallower sections occurring over shale outcroppings. There are also areas of heavy clay that reduce vigor and hasten ripening. The land slopes gently eastward toward the west shore of Cayuga Lake. The row orientation in Auten Vineyard is north-south and vines receive sunlight on both east and west sides of the trellis. Rows are oriented east-west in Morehouse Road Vineyard so vines receive sunlight primarily on the south side of the trellis while the north side remains in shadow.
Vinification Method: Grapes are manually harvested. The wine goes through partial carbonic maceration, with a significant portion of whole clusters and crushed grapes in 1-ton open top fermenters. The wine ferments in about 2-3 weeks and is then moved to 60 gallon 4-20 year old hungarian oak barrels for about 10 months. The wine is unfined and unfiltered.
-Jenny & Francois