Producer: Forge Cellars
Region: Finger Lakes AVA
Vineyard Sources: Breakneck Creek Vineyard
Blend: 100% riesling
ABV: 12%
Price: $28

Forge Cellars 2018 Breakneck Creek Dry Riesling

94 points

Intricate and layered, the nose on this single-vineyard dry riesling (truly dry, by the way) smells of Honeycrisp apples, sea salt, jasmine tea, quince, and lavender.

Fresh-cut apple and quince flavors are accented by more saline and floral notes, but it's the juicy, concentrated, and textured mouthfeel that makes this wine a standout. The finish lingers with beautiful saline and apple cider notes.

This is a special wine and certainly one of the best dry rieslings I've ever tasted from the Finger Lakes. That it retails for less than $30 is a pleasant surprise in a region with rising prices for top rieslings.

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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