Producer: Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyards
Region: Seneca Lake AVA
Vineyard: Josef Vineyard
Blend: 100% riesling
RS: 5.9%
Production: 190 cases
ABV: 9.5%
Price: $39*

* Review sample provided by the winery

Hermann J. Wiemer 2016 Josef Vineyard Riesling

92 points

A beautiful example of lower-alcohol (9.5% abv) riesling from the Finger Lakes.

Complex on the nose, it begins with apple blossoms and fresh-cut peaches before showing notes of citrus zest and lemongrass.

Despite the lower alcohol level, the palate is mouth-filling in terms of flavor. Peach and pineapple qualities are made more complex by floral and citrus overtones as well as an intriguing caramelized sugar note. Decidedly sweet, it is still fresh and nimble on the palate thanks to deftly integrated acidity that also lengthens the finish beautifully.

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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