Chëpìka Concord, Finger Lakes, New York 2021
2021 marks the first vintage of Concord! Chëpìka is the project of winemaker Nathan Kendall and Master Sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier. The grapes come from the Buzzards Crest Vineyard. This site sits on heavy clay soil and is located on the east side of Keuka Lake. It has been owned and farmed by the same family and certified organic since the early 90’s. This vineyard has the highest elevation of all sites they work with. 2021, was an intense year, lots of disease pressure, very wet and long season. Without a doubt the most challenging vintage experienced, as Nathan mentioned “I feel like we pulled off a miracle with the level of quality we’ve achieved”.
Grape: Concord (Vitis Labrusca)
Pairing: friends and an open mind