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Boundary Breaks No.198 Reserve Riesling 2016

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The 2012 Riesling Reserve “No. 198 Single Clone” is unoaked with 54 grams per liter of residual sugar and 10% alcohol. Late harvested, it is compared to a German Spatlese, says owner Bruce Murray. That’s a lot of residual sugar, to be sure, but he’s more or less right. It isn’t really a dessert wine, even if off-dry. Avoiding the funk that the drier Riesling this issue showed, this is remarkably fresh, classic and delicious. It is hard to believe this operation is so new. They may yet do great things, but they are already doing nice things. If you like off-dry Riesling in that Mosel style, this is impossible to dislike and it comes in at a nice price. This should hold reasonably well, but since there is not a lot of track record there, let’s take that in stages. It is great now, however long it theoretically lasts at peak. That’s a hint. There were 400 cases produced.

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Region: USA » New York
Winery: Boundary Breaks
Color: White
Varietal: Riesling
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Boundary Breaks:
Wine Enthusiast picked Boundary Breaks #239 Dry Riesling as one of its 100 Top Wines of 2014. Boundary Breaks is dedicated to producing world class Rieslings in the Finger Lake regions of New York. Since it first vintage, released in 2013, this producer has consistently produced exceptional Riesling wines in many styles from crisp dry Riesling to rich, luxurious Late Harvest Rieslings and ice wines.

External Reviews for Boundary Breaks No.198 Reserve Riesling

External Review
Vintage: 2012 08/03/2015

The 2012 Riesling Reserve “No. 198 Single Clone” is unoaked with 54 grams per liter of residual sugar and 10% alcohol. Late harvested, it is compared to a German Spatlese, says owner Bruce Murray. That’s a lot of residual sugar, to be sure, but he’s more or less right. It isn’t really a dessert wine, even if off-dry. Avoiding the funk that the drier Riesling this issue showed, this is remarkably fresh, classic and delicious. It is hard to believe this operation is so new. They may yet do great things, but they are already doing nice things. If you like off-dry Riesling in that Mosel style, this is impossible to dislike and it comes in at a nice price. This should hold reasonably well, but since there is not a lot of track record there, let’s take that in stages. It is great now, however long it theoretically lasts at peak. That’s a hint. There were 400 cases produced.


External Review
Vintage: 2012 08/09/2015

An open-knit, flattering style, offering a mix of pear, fig and ginger notes, backed with just enough jasmine-tinged zip to keep this honest through the finish. Drink now. 390 cases made.


External Review
Vintage: 2012 08/03/2015

The floral spray and sweet nectar of fresh yellow cherries persist from start to finish on this penetrating semi-sweet wine. It’s rich and ripe with stone fruit flavors, but balanced with tart lime acidity and steely, honed minerality.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 04/10/2014

Frankly off-dry, with melon, lemon shortbread and yellow apple fruit mixed together and allied to a rounded, almost creamy frame. A flattering style. Drink now.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 04/10/2014

The Reserve bottling from a brand new New York winery specializing in the state’s signature white grape — Riesling. On the sweet side, bursting with honeyed peach and juicy pear, yet perfectly balanced by gripping acidity and flinty mineral notes. I’d back this up against some of my favorite Mosels at twice the price.




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