Terrassen is a new project by Thomas Pastuszak, wine director of The Nomad Hotel, and his wife Jessica Brown. “I had always thought I’d go into medicine,” says Thomas Pastuszak. A neurobiology major at Cornell and a classical pianist, he was taking his MCATs and working in restaurants to pay off his student loans when he decided to change course. “It was wine that drew me in,” he says, “the combination of art and science that goes into a wine program. I never looked back.”
Thomas and Jessica have made it their mission to show people the potential of the Finger Lakes region. While the tasty Rieslings of the region have been getting the most attention, Thomas has sought out other varieties that grow beautifully and distinctively in the Finger Lakes. This Gamay is sourced from a 20 year vineyard that was planted with cuttings from the Beaujolais region, on the west side of Cayuga Lake. The soils are composed of limestone, clay and shale, a great combination for Gamay. Harvest is followed by gentle foot trodding and a 9 day cold soak. He employs 100% whole cluster fermentation, 50% with indigenous yeasts, and 50% with a yeast from Burgundy, for nearly two months in open-top fermenters, with 2x daily punchdowns (very Burgundian!!!). Moved to older barrique for malolactic fermentation and eight month elevage, bottled unfined and unfiltered. Only 3 barrels made.