We celebrated the 2012 Vintage Riesling Launch by participating in last Wednesday's #winechat -- we received five sample bottles of Finger Lakes Rieslings, from dry to dessert. Riesling is a grape that prefers a cool climate which helps it develop its strong acid backbone. The acid helps the wine maintain its complexity and balance. The Finger Lakes region is an area that has the potential for great Rieslings -- we've been tasting them over the last several years and they are always tasty, ranging from good to great. One of the great things about this region is that Riesling is vinified in so many different styles, from bone dry to dessert wine sweet, so finding one to your liking is not too difficult (and it's a pleasure to taste until you find your favorite!). With 850 acres of Riesling, 220,000 cases of Riesling are produced each year, with 2-3 styles from each producer on average. One of the great things about tasting them so early was a crisp subtle effervescence in most of the wines. This will dissipate with time, and many of the wines will develop the archetypal petrol scents and flavors of Riesling. Would be fun to have a case of each and taste test over time. :)
Disclaimer: These wines were provided as media samples for review purposes.Swedish Hill Winery 2012 Dry Riesling: floral and lemon aromas; melon, gooseberry, and citrus flavors; acidic finish. SRP $16.Standing Stone Vineyards 2012 Old West Block Riesling: dried apricot and pear blossom aromas; green apple and stone fruit flavors; peppery finish. Fermented in stainless steel, 129 cases, SRP $18.99.Red Newt Cellars 2012 Circle Riesling (Medium Sweet): pear blossom and green apple aromas; starfruit and honeyed apricots; effervescent finish. 6,000 cases, SRP $13.Wagner Vineyards 2012 Riesling Select: tropical fruit aromas; honeyed almonds with citrus and pineapple flavors; near dessert wine sweetness. 1,450 cases, SRP $13.Fulkerson Winery 2012 Riesling Iced Wine: musky almond aromas; lemon, caramel, and nutty flavors; beautiful balance. 127 cases, 375ml, SRP $29.99.
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