ABOUT THE WINES
The Winery at Cedars Farm was established as a full-fledged winery in 2014.
The first grapevines were planted in 2011 on our small (1.5 acre) tract of land. That is all the land we have, so the vineyard is pretty small.
We are still able to produce about a ton of grapes here. Additionally, we buy wine grapes from neighboring farms.
The primary grape is Landot Noir, a French/American hybrid which produces our ‘signature’ wine. It is a lush, deep colored red with floral notes, a slightly peppery finish with low acids and tannins. This wine has lovely aromatics and a silky finish. A very drinkable wine, on the feminine side.
We also grow ‘Cynthiana’ (the state grape of Missouri). A true American Hybrid discovered in the wild in the late 1800’s. It (the wine) was reportedly declared ‘Best Wine of the Continents’ at the World Fair in France, again, in the late 1800’s. A rarity west of the Mississippi, of dark color, with berry and cherry notes, a truly exciting, uniquely flavored, dry red wine.
Again, lower in tannins and acids than its European counterparts.
We do not age our wine in oak barrels. Most red grapes have enough tannins, However, we do add French oak chips to the must at fermentation which takes from 7 to 9 days. The chips are then discarded with the press. In this way the wines are never ‘over oaked’. Excess tannins (oak tannins) tend to mask the true character of wines giving them a harsh flavor and sometimes makes them all taste the same. For the most part, our flavors are very distinctive.
Another exciting wine for 2015 is our ‘Royale’. The Royale is made with Gewurztraminer grapes from a neighboring farm just north of Cedaredge.
Instead of the traditional style of making white wines, that of pressing the grapes and fermenting the clear juice, this wine is made in the ‘old world’ style of fermenting the whole crushed berries. This style is responsible for its beautiful royal color, it’s tart, big flavors, nasturtium and grapefruit come to mind, and big aromatics.
Wonderful with salmon, or just sit on the patio and enjoy it!
Other wines such a ‘Dornfelder, ‘the german cabernet’, Petite Pearl, a wonderfully dark red with big character and tannins, these two wines will age well in the bottle for your collection of fine cellared wines.
The idea of Edge of Cedars Farm is to produce smaller batches of wines from select varieties of grapes, produce them well in open vats for maximum oxygen uptake during fermentation, extend the fermentation time for maximum extraction of the flavors and aromatics. We use the absolute minimum amount of sulfites (NONE on our Naturally Fermented wines), and never sorbate or other chemicals. A horse and dog pesticide is used just at berry set for leaf hoppers which can kill the plant. That’s it.
Come visit our humble patio tasting room, sit down and enjoy your wine tastings in a very laid back setting.
The poet Laureate of Cedaredge called it “an enclave it the city”!