Wagner Vineyards 2018 Dry Riesling

To be frank, 2018 was a tough vintage for Finger Lakes riesling. Despite some of the too-high scores I see in other publications, a lot of the wines are riddled with sour rot and VA.

Not so here. The nose is clean with lime and citrus blossom up front and some slate in the back. Lighter bodied, the palate still shows nice citrus and peach flavors with a minerally vein right up the middle. It’s dry, with fresh acidity but it’s not in the austere or “lemon water” style. It’s not the most complex or concentrated, but 2018 wasn’t the year for that.

This is an approachable style of dry Finger Lakes riesling with a long, peach-and-lime finish. And it’s a great value to boot at $15.

Wagner Vineyards 2018 Dry Riesling

Producer: Wagner Vineyards
Region: Finger Lakes AVA
ABV: 11.9%
RS: 0.5%
TA: 6.6 g/L
pH: 3.17
Price: $15*
Score: 90 points

* Review sample provided by the winery

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