2014 Influence Malbec Tasting Notes
The 2014 Influence Wines Malbec is produced 100% from fruit grown on the North Fork of Long Island. The fruit was harvested November 8, 2014. All production is done at Premium Wine Group, a custom crush on the North Fork of Long Island, where it was fermented, aged in oak, and bottled April 2015. This will be an exclusive wine, with only 2,340 bottles produced, each one individually numbered on the label.

The goal in producing Influence Wines first Malbec is to accentuate the fruit forward qualities of this varietal. The fermentation was kept short in order to limit the extraction of tannins and allow the fruit to shine. Malolactic fermentation occurred in two year old French oak barrels and oak aged for 4 months. Floral and bright; aromas of violet petals, fresh blueberries and black plum intertwined with black pepper and a whiff of baking spice. The palette is rich with dark stone fruit and light spice. This wine has a soft and silky finish and is extremely food friendly.

Brix at Harvest – 22.9
Ph- 3.50
Titratable Acid – 6.33
Aged – 100% French Oak, second use
Bottled – April, 2015


2014 Influence Riesling Tasting Notes
The 2014 Influence Wines Riesling is produced 100% from fruit grown in the Finger Lakes Wine Region. The fruit was harvested October 16, 2014 and pressed in the Finger Lakes. The juice was then refrigerated and sent to Premium Wine Group, a custom crush on the North Fork of Long Island, where it was fermented and bottled April 2015. This is an exclusive wine, with only 6,372 bottles produced, each one individually numbered on the label.

With no added sugar or acids this Riesling is a true expression of pure fruit quality and Finger Lakes terroir. The nose is full of peach, lime, and stone. The palate is fresh with great balance and intensity of flavors. Look for peach and apricot flavors with a touch of citrus. Enjoy the undercurrent of minerality and crisp finish. This wine is great as an aperitif or with fresh seafood. It is even bold enough to cut through the richness of pÔtÚs, any cheese or even grilled meats.

Brix at Harvest – 19.8
Ph- 2.99
Titratable Acid – 6.86
Residual Sugar – 16.00 grams/ liter
Aged – 100% Stainless Steel Tank
Bottled – April, 2015


2013 Influence Riesling Tasting Notes
The 2013 Influence Wines Riesling is produced 100% from fruit grown in the Finger Lakes Wine Region. The fruit was harvested October 14, 2013 and pressed in the Finger Lakes. The juice was then refrigerated and sent to Premium Wine Group, a custom crush on the North Fork of Long Island, where it was fermented and then bottled on March 18, 2014. This is an exclusive wine, with only 6,120 bottles produced, each one individually numbered on the label.

With no added sugar or acids this Riesling is a true expression of pure fruit quality and Finger Lakes terroir. The nose is full of dried apricot, spiced tea, and wet stone. The palate is fresh with great balance and intensity of flavors. Look for peach pie and apple flavors with a touch of grapefruit. Enjoy the undercurrent of minerality and crisp finish. This wine is great as an aperitif or with fresh seafood. It is even bold enough to cut through the richness of pÔtÚs, any cheese or even grilled meats.

Brix at Harvest – 21.9
Ph- 3.06
Titratable Acid – 8.52
Residual Sugar – 22.00 grams/ liter
Aged – 100% Stainless Steel Tank
Bottled – March 18, 2014 - 510 cases


Winemaking
Every vintage a winemaker’s goal is to showcase the best attributes from the fruit he is presented. Fruit intensity, acidity, and sugar balance are all attributes which bring a wine to a harmonious blend of aroma, flavor, and palette impression. The winemakers’ influence determines the quality seen in the glass.

Once harvested, Influence Riesling is delivered to East Coast Crush in Naples, NY, where the experienced staff led by Tim Benedict crush, press, and cold settle the juice, which is then shipped to Premium Wine Group on the North Fork of Long Island. Upon arrival, winemaker Erik P. Bilka begins the winemaking process. The juice is fermented in stainless steel tanks. Before completion fermentation is halted in order to maintain the natural residual sugars found in this semi-dry vintage. The refining process which involves separating natural occurring sediment from the final product is done delicately in order to preserve the fruits integrity. This minimalist approach by the winemaker influencing only what the juice requires, allows the fruit to be showcased in the final wine.

Previous Vintages

2012 Influence Riesling

Brix at Harvest – 20.3
Ph- 3.02
Titratable Acid – 7.11
Residual Sugar – 23.00 grams/ liter
Aged – 100% Stainless Steel Tank
Bottled – January 30, 2013

 

2011 Influence Riesling

Brix at Harvest – 20.1
Ph – 3.05
Titratable Acid – 6.86
Residual Sugar – 18.00 grams/ liter
Aged – 100% Stainless Steel Tank
Bottled – March 7, 2012

 

2010 Influence Riesling

Brix at Harvest – 19.8
Ph – 3.10
Titratable Acid – 7.02
Residual Sugar – 22.00 grams/ liter
Aged – 100% Stainless Steel Tank
Bottled – March 31, 2011