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Very fruity & dry. I love it!
Nose is very fruity, floral and almost sweet. It is however very steely in the mouth. Very acidic, opens with almost a spritz in its tartness. This is quickly balanced by some nice floral and mineral notes.
Acidity - peach, pear and citrus flavors. Bit of a spritz on the attack. Off-dry overall. Tasted at the winery.
One of my favorite Rieslings
Light, crisp nose with under-ripe peach, Bartlett pear and golden delicious apple aromas. It's definitely off-dry (more like semi-sweet actually) but its acidity is lively and crisp, balancing the wine nicely. It's simple, with pear flavors sandwiched between the sugar and the acidity. The finish had a slightly off-putting tartness that bordered on sourness.
External Reviews for Chateau Lafayette Reneau Riesling Seneca Lake Dry
Chateau Lafayette Reneau has the unprecedented honor of winning the prestigious Governor's Cup (best wine in the state) two of the last three years, thanks to a combination of a great climate on the eastern side of Seneca Lake, a talented winemaker (Tim Miller) and an owner (Dick Reno) dedicated to quality. Mr. Reno's wine in his own words: "A pale yellow color with a nose reminiscent of melon and honeysuckle. The tight acid structure and rich flavors of honeydew melon dominate the mid palate and lead to a smooth, lemony finish."
This is the 2000 vintage of last years Governors Cup winner (the highest award given in New York) and the first 2000 Finger Lakes Riesling I've tasted. I'm very impressed. The color is pale golden, the nose is full, very ripe peach. On the palate, the fruit flavors continue and are accentuated by bright acidity. Lightly effervescent, delicious now and I look forward to drinking it for years to come.
Located on a spectacular slope down to the eastern side of Seneca Lake, Lafayette Reneau has garnered particular notoriety for its Riesling, although owner Richard Reno has from its inception been pursuing a dream of emulating great Bordeaux. Reno's 2005 Riesling Dry sends up enticing aromatic signals of sweetness from the glass, with ripe honeydew melon, honeysuckle, and hints of vanilla. In the mouth this wine is delicate, clear, and lively, the lushness being confined to mere suggestion by way of ripe melon and orchard fruit flavors. Like so many Finger Lakes Rieslings labeled "dry" this in fact displays an attractive subtle sweetness in its finish that nicely supports the fruit.
Despite its "dry" label, this Riesling has a touch of sweetness. A Gewürz-like nose of spicy lychee and rose petal dominates, with some aromatic mint notes. In the mouth, the fruit is more generic and candied, but has nice hints of mineral. Finishes with spice and citrus pith.
A varietally correct Riesling, possessed of a very pale straw color and green-apple and lime aromas and flavors. It's a bit lacking in intensity and falls off on the finish. A decent quaff.
Tangerine skins, fresh pears and a hint of petrol combine into an invigorating perfume on this fascinating Riesling. While initially soft with white peach and floral notes, the palate turns zippy and fresh with a slate-and chalk-laced minerality and a clean, lemony finish.
An appealing peach nose and flavor, perfectly structured to enhance any meal. Dry, with elegant melon fruit and notable citrus character. A slight, surprising spritz is present in this unique Riesling.
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