Liten Buffel 2016 Shaw Vineyard Riesling

89 points

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
 100% Riesling
Barrel Program: 13 months on lees in neutral oak, full ML
ABV: 12.5%
Price: $20*

* 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 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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