Based on the street cred earned at his Château de St.-Cosme estate in Gigondas, vigneron Louis Barruol could have easily picked a more prominent spot to extend his efforts. But he chose the very non-Rhône climate of New York's Finger Lakes, and the very non-Rhône grapes Riesling and Pinot Noir, to try his hand at something new.
"I always wanted to create a vineyard from zero," says Barruol of his decision. "I wanted to grow grapes I like in their northern climate limit, in a great soil, giving a clear identity with an idea of origin. I wanted to make wine that could age. It had to be a place where the land was not too expensive. I love Riesling and Pinot. The combination of all of that worked very well in the Lakes."