Producer: Anthony Nappa Wines
Region: New York (Sheldrake Point Vineyard)
Grapes: 100% Riesling
ABV: 11.6%
Price: $18*

* Review sample provided by the winery

Anthony Nappa Wines 2017 Riesling

87 points

Made from riesling grapes grown on the western shores of Cayuga Lake at Sheldrake Point Winery, this is the kind of off-dry, easy-drinking riesling that is sure to please most anyone you open it for.

Its aromas center mostly on lemon and lime with background notes of sweet green apple and citrus blossoms. There is a little sweetness here (2% sugar) but the light-bodied palate shows nice balance thanks to a lime juice-y acidity. Flavors range from lemon-lime to something slightly tropical — and again, there’s nice balance here so that the finish feels almost dry on the palate.

All of the classic off-dry riesling pairings apply here — especially spicy Thai or Indian food — but this is the kind of wine I like to drink before dinner, either while I’m cooking or just talking with friends. It’d delicious, but not the kind of wine that demands too much thought or consideration.

About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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