I heard about Trestle 31 about a month ago from Wayne Schutz of FLX Drinking Now. I started following them on social media, trying to figure out how I could sample their wine. Luckily for me, last night they decided to throw a launch party at Mendon 64, just a short drive from my home, and I was able to sample their first wine.
I hadn’t heard anything previously about this wine, but I had heard about it’s winemaker- Nova Cadamatre. Nova is the Director of Winemaking at Constellation’s Canandaigua winery, personally creating their brand 240 Days Winery. While she has a background in California wine, she is no stranger to our region. Nova transferred to Cornell in 2004 for the Viticulture and Enology program, and worked at Thirsty Owl Wine Company to gain experience.
Brian Cadamatre is the business half of the Trestle 31 team. He started out as a major in Forestry and Natural Resources Management at SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry, and after moving to California, eventually started working in the wine industry as a manager for warehouse movements and strategy. Once they moved back to the Finger Lakes, Brian accepted a position as Finance Manager for Constellation.
The family affair continues- the Trestle 31 label is a collaborative design by Nova’s mother, Linda Williams McCune, and Brian’s sister, Katie Cadamatre.
The name? It comes from the railroad trestle located at the top of the future vineyard on Seneca Lake, and 31 is the number lot that the land is located on based on the 500-acre lots distributed during following the Revolutionary War.
Currently, the grapes found in the wine is sourced from Zugibe Vineyards– it is the closest winery to the future Trestle 31 vineyard, so it will have some similar characteristics. Future releases will include a Chardonnay, whose grapes are sourced from Anthony Road.
But what about the wine? Let’s get to the delicious part…
See: Green gold, highly reflective, clear
Smell: Stonefruit like nectarine, hints of lemon, lemongrass, and bright herbaceous notes, almost like dill. (Admittedly, I’ll need to try this again when not standing next to a plate of bruschetta that was oozing with delicious garlic).
Sip: The lemon notes continue on the palate along with the stonefruit, complementing the rich oily and silky mouthfeel. It has a medium acid that doesn’t compete with the complexity, and a touch of sweetness.
Winery: Trestle 31
Region/Sub-Region: Finger Lakes/Seneca Lake
Varietal: 100% Riesling