Red Newt Cellars, South Block Riesling 2012, Sawmill Creek Vineyards, Finger Lakes, New York
Tasting Note: A riesling for people like me who enjoy high acidity with a side of tartness.
Medium-intensity lemon in color, this wine has an aromatic nose of pear, almost-ripened green apple, lime-citrus zest, white blossom and white nectarine.
On the palate the dry, medium-plus bodied riesling has tart lime citrus on the attack followed by medium-plus-intensity flavors suggested on the nose underpinned by high acidity.
This wine tastes like a chalked-dusted, green-apple slice spritzed with a wedge of lime citrus.
The riesling displays complexity and concentration demonstrative of indigenous-yeast fermentation.
Mosel wine makers take note; Red Newt is coming for you.
Bottle Note: The “South Block” riesling from Sawmill Creek Vineyards continues the traditions of stunning Finger Lakes singe vineyard riesling. Steps away from the “North Block” of this same vineyard, the similarities and contrasts of site and style are remarkable. Aromas of peach, lime and quince lead to flavors of peach and citrus on the palate. Moderate weight is focused by crisp acidity, lean minerality and a round but firm finish. This wine has captured the quintessential personality of Finger Lakes riesling.
Tasting Date: March 12, 2018