Finger Lakes Wine of the Week:
Hosmer Winery 2013 Dry Riesling
By Nicholas Baldwin
As the mercury slowly rises in the Finger Lakes and the sun’s rays penetrate grapes on vines across the region, ripening them to what will surely be a fantastic vintage, it’s nice to take some time to sit back under the shade of a tree with a glass of the Finger Lakes premier grape, Riesling. The noblest of grapes and most versatile of grapes, the flavors can vary and sugars level can vary. The 2013 Dry Riesling from Hosmer Winery is the essence of balance in a glass.
It has a beautiful pale lemon color and righteous aromas of concentrated granny smith apples, flower bouquets, tangerine and even some herbaceous notes that linger at the bottom of each glass. It is a dry wine with only 0.5-percent residual sugar remaining. As dry as it is, it still shows off pleasant amounts of fruit and brisk flavors of peach, lemon and orange citrus, with a flinty finish. All the flavors are well balanced and harmonious with one another.
Whether the 2013 Hosmer Dry Riesling is sipped under a shady tree out in the yard, on a boat, by a campfire, or with a perfectly cooked piece of fish, it is definitely worth a try at $15 per bottle and is sold at most wine and spirits stores. This is a great wine to enjoy while reading the feature story on Hosmer in the upcoming July/August issue of Edible Finger Lakes!
Nicholas Baldwin has worked in the wine and spirits business for more than 12 years and traveled the world visiting vineyards. He holds numerous wine certifications.
For more of Nicholas Baldwin’s wine tasting notes, click here.