Damiani Wine Cellars Merlot Reserve Damiani Vineyard 2010

Our Damiani Vineyard produces wines that tend to soften the line between feminine sophistication and bold vitality. Anyone who knows Lou Damiani would agree that this characterization of his vineyard perfectly mirrors his energy in life thoughtful, passionate and strong. This site was hand-planted in two separate instances on Howard Gravelly Loam soils, the lower block in 1997 and the upper block in 2000. The sweeping western-facing slope of Damiani Vineyard captures brilliant sunlight and warmth throughout the year, creating wines of depth and maturity. Here, Merlot reigns supreme, however, other varieties such as Cabernet Franc and Syrah are not far behind in the spotlight. Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir are among the other varieties planted at this site. Modest-sized varietal plots ranging from to 2 acres, allow attention to be focused on the specific needs of each vine, and therefore care can be given on a vine-by-vine basis. With its rugged terrain and minimalist intervention, this vineyard has grown into the landscape as opposed to growing upon it. While canopy management is strictly followed, the vineyard floor is left uninterrupted, driving the roots of the vines deep into the earth, gathering and expelling valuable nutrients to the grapes. Phil Davis “natural-world based viticulture philosophy is visualized at Damiani Vineyard. The vines here reveal the true wonder of grape-growing in the Finger Lakes. [+]