Hickory Hollow Wine Cellars 2016 Riesling

91 points

Core aromas of peach and apricot are layered with notes of chalky earth, citrus blossom, lemon balm and spicy botrytis on a complex nose that belies this wine's price point.

While lithe and almost feathery on the palate, there is a nice bit of concentration on the mid-palate with wonderful gritty pear texture to its citrus and peach flavors. The acidity is nervy but well-incorporated -- to the point that this wine finishes nearly dry despite the 2% residual sugar. A great sub-$20 Finger Lakes Riesling.

Producer: Hickory Hollow Wine Cellars
Grapes: 100% Riesling
 Finger Lakes AVA
RS: 2%
ABV: 12.5%
Price: $18*


* Review sample provided by the winery

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 NewYorkCorkReport.com 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 TheCorkReport.us 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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