Producer: Keuka Lake Vineyards
Region: Finger Lakes AVA
Vineyard Sources: Falling Man Vineyard (estate)
Blend: 100% riesling
ABV: 12.4%
Price: $40*

* Review sample provided by the winery

Keuka Lake Vineyards 2017 “Falling Man Vineyard” Dry Riesling

Keuka Lake Vineyards 2017 "Falling Man Vineyard" Dry Riesling

92 points

Keuka Lake Vineyards' Falling Man Vineyard consistently produces rieslings of a character and deliciousness all their own. It is one of the more distinctive vineyards in the region – and yet it doesn't get the same amount of press as other better-marketed sites.

Sunny and fresh, the nose smells of spring flowers and limoncello with a nose of fresh-cut apples and pears.

Dry and snappy, the lighter-bodied palate is crisp edging on tart, but this isn't lemon water riesling. There is excellent concentration to green apple, citrus, and barely-ripe peach fruit flavors – all wrapped up in brisk, nicely incorporated acidity. The finish is long, fresh, and focused with lemon zest and even a little lemon pith at the very end. That slightly tart edge enhances rather than detracts from the overall feel.

This is a terrific example of what Finger Lakes dry riesling can be when grown in the right place by the right people and made with care by the right winemaker.

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.

1 Comment

  1. I am dying to try this, but again I guess while it’s good that the Finger Lakes wineries are able to charge premium prices, I feel that the huge jump in prices the last 5 years may become problematic for them. ( I know this pricing scheme is really only for the single vineyard and reserve wines). But for 40 bucks look at what you can get from Alsace, Austria and Germany. Also you have to put this in context against what I consider the gold standard for FLX dry Riesling, Ravines Argetsinger, which retails for under 30 dollars, so that is problematic to me. However I guess let the market speak and see what happens, and I am sure this wine is profound and amazing.

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