Wiemer is one of the top producers in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. This Riesling comes from the HJW-4 block of the Wiemer HJW vineyard. In 2014 this was the block used as a trial for biodynamic farming, using vines planted in 2009. The experiment has been a success and the trial has been rolled out to other blocks in the vineyard. Currently in the process of Demeter certification, so it can’t be called biodynamic. Just 3 g/l residual sugar here, but it tastes sweeter because of the generous, ripe fruit.
Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard HJW Bio Riesling 2017 Seneca Lake, Finger Lakes, New York State
12.5% alcohol. This is lovely. It’s a concentrated, complex dry Riesling, but despite the flavour intensity, there is no harshness here. There’s some pear and apple richness, but the core is generous, linear lemony fruit with a nice crystalline structure. Really harmonious with good texture and just a hint of sweetness, but the main drive here is the fine, supple, generous fruit. Beautifully expressive, this is one of the best Finger Lake Rieslings I’ve tried. 94/100
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