I get to taste Finger Lakes Rieslings several times a year, when I'm lucky, so it's very exciting to know that, come next fall, I'll be heading there for the 2015 Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC15). Before that, however, I was lucky to get some samples (via the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance) to participate in the Finger Lakes 2013 Vintage Rieslings Launch, or Riesling Hour. Riesling Hour is the world's largest Finger Lakes Riesling virtual tasting, with over 1000 wine lovers from 14 states joining in for this fun virtual tasting event. Riesling Hour is a virtual event leveraging Facebook, Twitter, and blogs with a few venues hosting tastings (New York City, Clifton Park, Boston, Hudson Valley, Finger Lakes) that are open to the public. Nineteen featured wineries are showcased in the tasting. Check out all the posts on Twitter that used the #FLXRiesling hashtag! The wines I received came from 4 wineries: Dr Konstatin Frank, McGregor Vineyard, Thirsty Owl Wine Company, and Keuka Spring Vineyards - not a dud in the bunch!
Keuka Spring 2013 Humphries Riesling: green apple on the nose; honey, peach, lemon flavors, along with an unexpected subtle nuttiness that I loved; round mouthfeel into an acidic finish; 12% ABV; 360 cases produced; cork closure; SRP $22.
Thirsty Owl 2013 Riesling: fermented using 2 slow yeasts; golden straw color; starfruit, melon, floral, and citrus aromas; green apple, honeysuckle, melon, grapefruit, and stone fruit flavors; medium bodied, high acidity; 11% ABV; cork closure; SRP $15.
McGregor Vineyard 2013 Riesling: hand harvested grapes from 35+ year old vines, destemmed, pressed, cold and heat stabilized; floral, melon, subtle lychee, and citrus aromas; honeyed stone fruit, honeysuckle, kiwi, and citrus flavors; round body, good acidity, on the sweeter side (4% RS); 10.5% ABV; 323 cases produced; cork closure; SRP $20.
Dr Konstantin Frank Dry Riesling 2013: fermented with special German yeasts at low temps in stainless steel; light yellow with green highlights; green apple, honeydew, citrus, and white floral aromas; pear, honeydew, citrus and subtle honey flavors; smooth acids; 12.2% ABV; twist-off closure; SRP $15.
Another vintage, another set of great Rieslings coming out of the Finger Lakes. From what I tasted and gathered during the tasting, the 2013 vintage is one that emphasizes melon, citrus, and white floral aromas and flavors for the most part, along with the crisp acidity the FLX wines were known for. Great on their own, better with food, another vintage form a quality area that you can buy with confidence.
The Finger Lakes Wine Alliance executes an annual program of work exclusive to levy contributors. A levy contributor receives a variety of benefits including website inclusion, wine submission program, exclusive event opportunities, virtual tasting series, and additional Marketing Programs for purchase to build not only their winery's brand, but the Finger Lakes brand. The annual program of work is created to increase the visibility and reputation of the Finger Lakes AVA, its wines and wineries. All programs target key markets, upstate and metro New York state and key audiences, trade and media.
These wines were provided for tasting purposes - all opinions are my own.
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