- Red Wine
- Cabernet Franc, Gamay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah
- Natural, Vegan-Friendly
- Medium Bodied
About the Winery
Element WineryElement Winery was founded by Master Sommelier Christopher Bates to explore the extreme climate terroirs of the Finger Lakes region, to produce wines which express their origins without preconceived notions. They make delicate wines—low alcohol, higher acid, and balanced with a focus on mineral and floral aromas.
91 points - Michael Godel
The work of Master Sommelier Christopher Bates and Robert W. Bates. Can’t Stop/Won’t Stop is a blend of cabernet franc, pinot noir, syrah, gamay, merlot and a touch of blaufrankisch. Fresh enough but as a five year-old blend it is now in next territory timing. Really liking the natural cure and salumi notes straight away, a finocchiona specifically and even a touch of game. All red fruit, right at the vortex where ripeness and stem verdancy by whole bunch use really connect. A truly complex red from a really fine vintage made with that perfect combination of great skill and just dumb luck. Drink 2021-2025. Tasted April 2021.
91 points - Sara d'Amato
A product of Master Sommelier Christopher Bates this delicate, nervy and complex pinot noir also presents a notable although not unwelcome degree of volatility. Elegant with crushed red cherry, silky tannins and tilled earth to ground the palate. Well-balanced, modern but elegant with generous length. Tasted April 2021.
A gulpable, kitchen-sink sort of blend, with a majority of Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir, along with Syrah, Gamay, Blaufränkisch and “others,” according to Bates. Light red with garnet glints. Bright, fresh red cherry throughout, offering accents of spring herbs and green tobacco, and enough youthful tannins to keep things interesting. Light and crushable. I wish the Finger Lakes produced more fun quality wines like this.