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YEAR'S BEST US RIESLINGS
Our blind panels tasted 144 new-release US riesling over the past 12 months. Our critic, Patrick J. Comiskey, rated 30 as exceptional
(90+) and 14 as Best Buys. Find a complete list of wines tasted and all reviews at wineandspiritsmagazine.com.

vors are demonstrably richer, more pear and
apple, with a broad tone that gives the wine
a relaxed, comfortable current of energy.
(W&S 2/19; 350 cases)
513515

CA LI FO RN I A

514881

94 | Hosmer

516747

89 | Fess Parker

$15

2018 Santa Barbara County Riesling (Best
Buy) ^ Medium dry, with mildly tropical flavors of passion fruit and pineapple, this isn't
particularly concentrated, but it's super
appealing in texture, both juicy and lacy, with
an apple sweetness on the finish. For sipping
on its own.

N EW YO RK

92 | Barnstormer

517031

94 | Hermann J. Wiemer

$115

2016 Seneca Lake Noble Select HJW
Vineyard Riesling ^ A wine filled with coiled
energy, this is remarkably complex, with a
heady concentration that cuts both ways:
floral on one hand, powerfully expressive in
its fruit flavors on the other. With notes of
pear blossoms and saffron, superripe pineapple and cut grass, it's pure and heady in
its mouthfilling intensity, a riesling to cellar
for years. (44 cases)

$35

2017 Cayuga Lake Late Pick Riesling ^
Growers on Cayuga Lake since the early
1970s, the Hosmers started their winery
in 1985, and now have 70 acres planted to
vines. For this late-picked riesling, the family sets aside a parcel and harvests all but the
best fruit, which is left to hang and accumulate botrytis. The wine is modestly sweet,
and yet the prevailing impression is one of
energy and movement. It leads with scents
of pineapple, saffron and honey; the flavors
capture a pure rich essence of apple, broad
and generous, giving way to a firm, nimble
finish. (W&S 2/19; 125 cases)
514955
$39/375ml

2017 Finger Lakes Late Harvest Riesling ^
Established in 2013, Barnstormer is on Seneca Lake just a few miles north of Watkins
Glen. This riesling starts out with luscious
scents of peach and apricot accented by
botrytis, then builds in flavor, with generous sweetness. It's focused and rich, a wine
to savor as dessert. (W&S 2/19; 75 cases)

92 | Keuka Spring

$17

91 | Bellangelo

$17

91 | Boundary Breaks

$23

91 | Dr. Konstantin Frank

$35

91 | Dr. Konstantin Frank

$25

2017 Finger Lakes Semi-Dry Riesling (Best
Buy) ^ On the dry side of semi-dry, this riesling
may leave you wondering where to fix your
attention: on the passion-fruit accents, the
assertive lemon-lime scents, or the wheaty
savor that frames it all? The flavors are
graceful and a touch creamy from the residual sugar, but the apple-skin finish renders
any sweetness a memory, unless the wine is
served with something mildly spicy, like Japanese curry. (W&S 10/18; 829 cases)
514822
2016 Finger Lakes Riesling ^ Blended from
five vineyards on the western shores of Seneca Lake, each harvested at different ripeness
levels, this is tense and complex. It's chalky
and ripe, with flavors of bruised apple and
a whiff of saffron and orange spice that suggests some botrytis. (W&S 2/19; 400 cases)
517115
2017 Finger Lakes Dry Riesling (Best Buy) ^
From a cool, late vintage, this nervy white is
lean, salty and mineral, mingling scents of
herb and fruit, like parsley and apple. With
air the wine acquires a juicy pineapple depth
of flavor, broader and more generous, while
holding to its brisk tension.
513521
2016 Finger Lakes Margrit Dry Riesling ^
"Fruit that knows how to party" is how one
taster described this wine, noting how the
peach, pear and dried-apple flavors last, carried by firm, tense acids. A clean, fresh riesling for brook trout. (W&S 10/18; 190 cases)
517160

514863

92 | Fox Run

$25

2017 Seneca Lake Silvan Riesling ^ Silvan is
Peter Bell's annual divergence from riesling
norms: a Seneca Lake riesling fermented and
aged in old barrels. It's an elegant wine, with
a lovely sea-air salinity to the aromas; the fla-

2017 Finger Lakes Reserve Riesling ^ A lateharvested wine drawn from the winery's
Seneca Lake vineyard, this is generous and
tightly wound, the aromas of sour apple and
lees expanding into warmer, broader flavors.
That complexity makes it a fit for Sichuan
boiled fish. (646 cases)
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