Spotlight on Finger Lakes Riesling

If you are a Riesling fan, you should definitely have the Finger Lakes wine region on your radar.  New York’s Finger Lakes region has an ideal climate for producing diverse Rieslings that range from dry and crisp to sweet and fruit forward.  The region is mostly composed of small family wineries and they are increasingly producing world-class Riesling.

Last week, I joined in with several other bloggers and wine lovers on Twitter to taste through 8 Finger Lakes Rieslings from 8 different producers.  We progressed from dry to sweet and each wine was distinct and expressed totally different flavor profiles.   Here are a few standouts from the lineup:

Finger Lakes Riesling
Finger Lakes Riesling

Fox Run Vineyards 2013 Dry Riesling

Tons of grapefruit on the nose and palate of this dry Riesling.  There are also notes of lime, peach, and golden delicious apples.  Racy acidity and a zesty, tart finish! (11.2% alcohol, $18)

Red Newt Cellars 2013 Dry Riesling

This wine opens with aromas citrus and honeysuckle.  The palate is balanced with tastes of apricot, grapefruit, peach, and lemon.  Crisp acidity and a refreshing finish.  One of my favorites of the lineup! (11.8% alcohol, $15)

Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2013 Semidry Riesling

Enticing floral aromas with hints of pineapple.  The palate has addicting flavors of melon, citrus, and pear.  Slightly sweet with balancing acidity.  Super food-friendly and delicious! (11.5% alcohol, $15)

*Media Samples

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