Calling all lovers of crisp, bone-dry, complex, whites to drink now or cellar — this is a special find. Nova Cadamatre, MW — America’s first female winemaker to earn the coveted Master of Wine title — has made some of America’s most significant wines including the Robert Mondavi To Kalon 50th Anniversary Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. She’s been named one of Wine Enthusiast’s Top 40 under 40 to watch. After six years in Napa Valley with stints at Mondavi and Souverain, the protégé of the late Paul Pontallier of Château Margaux bolted for the Finger Lakes in New York to make world-class, age-worthy, bone-dry Riesling. Take note. Wine Spectator has said: “If you haven't checked out what the Finger Lakes has to offer, you're missing out.” Nova’s 2015 Trestle Thirty One IS the example of what Spectator means. It proves why the Finger lakes is “one of the the best places on planet Earth” for Riesling, as critic Joe Roberts claims.
Riesling from the Finger Lakes — or “FLX” as it is commonly referred to on social platforms — has emerged as one of America’s great wine styles, in the same vein as Cabernet from the Napa Valley, Pinot Noir from Willamette or Sta. Rita Hills, Syrah from Walla Walla or Ballard Canyon, and Chardonnay from Russian River Valley. Jancis Robinson, MW, describes Riesling as “one of my great wine heroes,” and names the Finger Lakes as America’s best source.
The extreme climate of Upstate New York is tempered by moderating warm winds off Seneca Lake and the smaller Finger Lakes, where ancient glacial soils converge in the perfect place in America for winemakers to produce Rieslings that compete with the world’s best — like those from France’s Alsace region, or Germany’s Mosel, Rheingau, and Wachau.
An incredible six-week long cold fermentation has captured all of the nuances of great Riesling, while 16 months of bottle age has enabled the first stunning complexities to emerge — the first of decades to come.