The Trestle 31 2017 Riesling draws outside of the lines. First of all, the label only says Riesling, which in the Finger Lakes normally means that it is a semi-dry Riesling and you can expect some sweetness to it. But this is a bone-dry wine, with barely any residual sugar. Second of all, it drops the usual flavors of tart green apple which you see in a lot of Finger Lakes Rieslings. Citrus plays in big time with this wine. There’s candied lemon peel all over the place which makes for a nice peppery mouth with a long mildly electric finish. ,
It’s a delicious wine. Pale gold in color while the nose is all honeysuckle flowers and unripe peach. It’s crisp and well-structured upon first sip. Despite all those lemon flavors, the acidity blends in well to the medium body of the wine, making it pleasant to swoosh around in your mouth before going down the hatch.
At 12% ABV, this is one of those right-sized alcohol leveled white wines which means you can have a second glass without too much worry. This wine would go great with some salted, roasted rosemary cashews while you watch everyone else wrap presents and sing carols off-key.
This wine was included in the Wines of the Season column of the Fall 2019 Women’s Issue which focused on wines made by women in the Finger Lakes. Nova Cadamatre is the co-owner and winemaker for Trestle 31.
The best place to get this wine right now is to order directly from the Trestle 31 website.