Last week, we got to enjoy 8 Finger Lakes Rieslings from the new 2011 vintage. The wines were tasted virtually with a group of bloggers, journalists, and representatives from the wineries. Served in two flights, the wines nominally moved from drier to sweeter, with an amazing array of flavors, aromas, and characteristics.
Flight 1 consisted of selections from Ravines Wine Cellars, Dr. Konstantin Frank Wine Cellars, Lucas Vineyards, and Sheldrake Point Winery.
Flight 2 served up Fox Run Vineyards, Swedish Hill Winery, Lakewood Vineyards, and Knapp Winery.
Most striking overall characteristic to us was the pronounced citrus qualities of so many of the wines, fresh and crisp and very refreshing. Beautiful acidity balanced the luscious mouthfeel, with long finishes creating pleasure on their own, but especially with food. Very little petrol essence in this group of 8, rather fruit forward, with stone fruit, tropical fruit, and more citrus underlaid with definite mineral components.
Not a dud among this group, and, as is typical of Riesling, the wide range of styles means that everyone could find something to like. We found we liked them all!
These wines were sent to us to sample, courtesy of the Finger Lakes wineries listed. No compensation was received and a positive review was not guaranteed. All opinions are my own.
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