Bellwether Wine Cellars, Dry Riesling 2013, A&D Vineyard, Kueka Lake, Finger Lakes, New York
Tasting Note: Bellwether rieslings share a distinctive golden pear and yellow apple doused-in-citrus nose.
Like its siblings this riesling too is slightly sparkling with small bubbles resting on the sides of your glass – again, an unexpected but very welcome treat.
The aromas on the nose continue in your glass with added flavors of peach and melon and lemon-lime citrus.
This is a decidedly bone dry riesling with high acidity and pronounced minerality that could serve well as a red-wine drinker’s white. Acidity hits your tongue at the 40% point of the taste.
Fruit drops out leaving behind an austere white grape flavor that reveals the essence of the grape itself. A chalky nose gives way to less chalk on the palate than hinted.
This wine is different, refreshing and worth trying to broaden your spectrum of experiences with the dry-riesling style.
Bottle Note: Bellwether Wine Cellars produces single vineyard riesling and pinot noir, allowing for the true expression of Finger Lakes terroir. A&D vineyard is located within the bluff of Keuka Lake. Our A&D Dry Riesling was fermented quickly at a high temperature to produce an austere, mineral-driven wine. Extended lees contact was used to build mid-palate structure and body into the wine. 200 cases produced. Total Acidity 9.3, pH 3.00, Residual Sugar, .2%
Tasting Date: September 12, 2015