Mini-study: Finger Lakes Riesling – Osmote, Fox Run, Hosmer

The Finger Lakes in New York State has emerged as one of the wine world’s hotspots for Riesling. The combination of the climate and place seems to really work for this noble white variety. I tasted these three together, in advance of virtual attendance at the 2021 FLXcursion, which happens over the next few days.

Hosmer Dry Riesling 2019 Cayuga Lake, Finger Lakes, New York State
12.5% alcohol. Silty clay soils over shale, planted 2002. Stony and bright with open lemon and mandarin fruit. Gentle with nice focus to the fruit. Shows lovely purity and great balance, and finishes dry. Medium weight. 89/100

Osmote Riesling 2018 Seneca Lake, Finger Lakes, New York State
9.7% alcohol. Wild yeast ferment in large neutral oak. Delicate with lots of lemon and lime, and despite the low alcohol this is dry with good acidity adding to a sense of freshness. It’s an intriguing wine, light in body, very refreshing, and a bit stony. Really distinctive and massively refreshing. 91/100

Fox Run Vineyards Dry Riesling 2018 Seneca Lake, Finger Lakes, New York State
11.7% alcohol. Estate grown grapes. There’s some richness here, and just a touch of sweetness adding richness to the lemon and lime fruit, with a hint of apricot, yellow plum and melon. Good acidity, with some stony notes adding interest under the fruit. Enticing stuff, beautifully balance, between dry and off dry. 92/100

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