Finger Lakes Wine of the Week:
Fox Run Vineyards 2011 Reserve Riesling
By Nicholas Baldwin
The winemaking team at Fox Run Vineyards consistently craft wines that shine bright in the Finger Lakes region. In 2011, the microclimate of Seneca Lake was perfect for Riesling and Fox Run winemaker Peter Bell made their Reserve Riesling, a wine they only make in exceptional years that yield the highest quality fruit. It proved to be a success, because just recently Wine Enthusiast magazine ranked the 2011 Reserve Riesling No. 21 out of their 100 best wines of the year and rated it 94 points. To say this wine hit all the marks is an understatement.
This off-dry Riesling is spectacularly racy and lush with aromas of grapefruit, apricot, tangerine and Meyer lemon, with flinty mineral notes. With each sip comes vivid acidy on the sides of your cheeks and tongue, and it has a long finish. This is a truly special bottle of wine that spent extra aging in the bottle before it was released and will mature nicely for more years if you are so inclined, but there is no need to wait. The 2011 Fox Run Vineyards Reserve Riesling would make a great Christmas gift for the Finger Lakes Riesling lover in your family, so be sure to swing by the winery and pick up a few bottles before they are completely sold out.
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.
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