Red Newt Cellars, Riseling 2012, Bullhorn Creek Vineyard, Finger Lakes, New York
Tasting Note: An outstanding expression of the riesling grape done in an intense dry style.
Freshly shaved lemon and lime citrus zest is what you get on the nose of this floral gold-colored riesling along with aromas of green tart fruit including green apple, white grape and under ripe nectarine.
The riesling is high in acidity; it is the acidity and tartness that first register on your tongue with fruit flavors emerging mid-palate in lemony, chalky waves towards the sides and rear of your tongue.
This somewhat sour wine is powerfully tart, but it works. This riesling shows exceptional complexity and depth even in its intensity of flavor.
The balance in sweetness, acidity and tartness is well done with each competing for dominance on your mid-palate. This riesling is a palate cleanser that stands out among rieslings.
Bottle Note: Bullhorn Creek Vineyard is on the east side of Seneca Lake less than one mile from Red Newt Cellars. For decades grape grower Steve Bond has worked with the nuances of weather and soil to produce exceptional fruits on this pristine Hector vineyard land. Delicate honeysuckle in the nose is followed by a dry, perfectly balanced palate with hints of nectarine and quince. This riesling captures the expression of the land and the grower’s passion, and displays the quintessential personality of Finger Lakes riesling. RS 1.0%, TA 7.5 g/l, pH 3.15.
Tasting Date: December 1, 2015