By preserving and building soil, and exploring new ways to reduce environmental impacts, the vines can inhabit a site less altered by modern agricultural inputs. The wines can portray a truer reflection of the Patrician Verona Vineyard site. Located on the western shore of Cayuga Lake, with silt loam soils and shale bedrock, and Easterly sloping land that matches near-maximum lake width and depth, Patrician Verona is ideally situated within the Finger Lakes Region to produce premium wine grapes.
The Riesling grapes within Single Wheel are among the finest produced in the Finger Lakes. The closely managed vineyard, planted in 2003, has been the source for award winning wines since its first vintage in 2006. Now reaching prime maturity, the decade old vineyard of Riesling Clone 239 has never ceased to outdo itself. This versatile clone produces wine with a full spectrum of fruitfulness, while maintaining the strong backbone of acidity often noted in Finger Lakes Riesling.
Cameron Hosmer, Patrician Verona Vineyard’s owner and grower since inception, believes that great wine must be born of great fruit, from vines grown to match their environment, and harvested at just the right moment. The result is clean, ripe fruit, with outstanding flavor and bright acidity, and scores of award winning wines: each a window into his passion, vision, and practice.
This Wine provides a rare glimpse into a particular 3-acre vineyard of Riesling and how this small slice of the Finger Lakes’ grand agro-ecosytem reacted to a particular season. Unfettered in the cellar, it provides a crisp picture of varietal, site and season-specific characteristics. Left with just enough sweetness to enhance the honeyed fruit flavors, it maintains a characteristic brightness.
Our 2012 Dry Riesling is a well-balanced, bright wine. It radiates juiciness and Riesling fruit character, while maintaining a sturdy backbone of minerality: an energetic spark that cannot be described as mere acidity. Single Wheel is a distinctive wine, characteristic of its site, season and region. It can be enjoyed now, or saved for future tastings. Collect multiple vintages to create a vertical tasting and follow the Single Wheel vineyard from season to season!
Our mission at Single Wheel is to showcase a wine variety, vineyard, and season. By narrowing our scope to one variety, one field and one season, we hope to impart focus and clarity in the glass. We believe that this can provide an experience more closely linked to the land. We hope to provide a lens through which our farm can be experienced, and paint a picture of our passion on your taste buds. Relax into the experience, let your senses transport you, and follow a vineyard through time. Whether man or vine, life is one wheel, always spinning, always taking us forward. Follow the path of the Single Wheel and come to enjoy the passage of time manifested as an artful, delicious Riesling wine.