With hundreds of different Rieslings being produced in the Finger Lakes, it’s difficult to try them all. Here are a few suggested 2012 Rieslings to look for.
2012 FOX RUN HANGING DELTA VINEYARD RIESLING 10
This wine shows off white flower aromas and gains traction from hints of lemon zest and Thai basil. Dry and supple in the mouth with firm acidity, this wine offers a range of subtle flavors. $28
2012 ROOSTER HILL ESTATE RIESLING
These estate grapes showed great promise out of the vineyard at harvest. The acidity present allowed Rooster Hill’s winemaker, Barry Tortolon, to compliment the striking acidity with a delicious counter point of fruit hitting the palate as dried apple, pear and subtle spice reminiscent of an aged vintage. $15
2012 HERON HILL DRY RIESLING
This white is crisp with a round mouth- feel and balanced acidity. It’s an elegant wine with a subtle bouquet including notes of beeswax, lemongrass, young pear and flint. Flavors of ripe apricot, honeysuckle and white plum are followed by a lingering floral finish. $14
2012 BOUNDARY BREAKS DRY RIESLING
This single clone Dry Riesling is a crisp, bright wine that explodes with flavor, including citrus notes and a distinct minerality. $15
2012 KEMMETER RED TAIL RIDGE VINEYARD RIESLING
This wine is a true “wallflower” with exciting potential. As the almost bone dry leader of the Kemmeter, it will show its strength and depth to anyone patient enough to wait and explore. $24
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