Liten Buffel 2016 Shaw Vineyard Riesling
Not what you might expect from a Finger Lakes-grown dry riesling. The nose starts with sweet grapefruit, orange peel and geranium which aren't so obscure, but it quickly turns leesy with lots of nutty autolytic character.
Medium-bodied but broad and mouth-filling, the palate takes a similar trajectory -- starting with grapefruit and citrus peel before getting into caramel cream, mixed nuts, and creme anglaise. If that sounds unctuous, it is, but it's also well balanced by a zing of lemon-lime acidity.
Producer: Liten Buffel
Region: Seneca Lake AVA
Vineyard: Shaw Vineyards
Blend: 100% Riesling
Barrel Program: 13 months on lees in neutral oak, full ML
* Review sample provided by the winery