Steel tanks line the walls of Alex Ackermann’s Marion County barn. Empty bottles in a myriad of colors and shapes fill a table in the corner of the room and sample labels created by a local artist lie nearby. Ackermann, along with winemaker Lisa Wicker stay quite busy these days. WhiteMoon winery is taking off and there’s no shortage of task to accomplish in the process. Property has been purchased nearby where construction of the winery and tasting room will soon commence. At some point in the not so distant future, the rolling hills of the newly acquired land not far from the Maker’s Mark Distillery will be lush with trellised vines.
For now, Lisa Wicker is sourcing high quality grapes from around the Commonwealth and plying her experience and passion to create WhiteMoons first wines- bottling currently scheduled for June. Previously at Brown County Winery in Indiana, Wicker says that she jumped at the opportunity to be WhiteMoon’s winemaker when approached by Ackermann last year.
A sample of Chardonel drawn from one of the tanks reveals racy acidity and a beautiful purity faintly reminiscent of a Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc. The aroma is full of green apples and tropical fruits with a light body and refreshingly crisp feel in the mouth. The finish is pleasant and smooth with the faintest tartness somewhat akin to grapefruit remaining ever so briefly on the palate. The Chambourcin is spectacular as well, currently showing Gamay Noir qualities in its un-oaked youth.
Set in the heart of Kentucky’s bourbon country, WhiteMoonWinery shows great potential in becoming a shining star in the Commonwealth’s ever-evolving wine industry.
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