Damiani Wine Cellars Riesling Seneca Lake 2010

External Review by Premier Wine & Spirits:

When I sit down to taste a flight of top Finger Lakes Riesling with the New York Cork Report editorial staff, I know they're all going to be solid. I don't expect one to stand out; after all, Finger Lakes Riesling is Finger Lakes Riesling, right? Wrong. In a flight of some of the best bottlings released in 2010, this stunning example from off-the-beaten-track Damiani wowed every single one of us to immediately declare a unanimous vote for 2010 Riesling of the Year. Made in a horrendous vintage characterized by cold, wet weather and a short growing season -- a vintage typically described across New York as "a winemaker's vintage," "challenging," or simply "a nightmare" -- this is simply the best wine Damiani could have made, and it's delicious. Yes, there's searing acidity thanks to the cool season, but it's just the skeleton for a lush, peach-and-apricots flavor profile with a remarkably well-hidden 4% residual sugar to flesh it out. Stuffed like a fruit salad in a shot glass but cut through the center with vibrant acid, this is a terrific Riesling whether you're a dry wine newbie or a serious wine geek. Sometimes lousy vintages are the best opportunity to experience what a top producer can do. Try this example and see for yourself!

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Damiani Wine Cellars:
Located on the eastern shores of Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate NY, Damiani Wine Cellars produces elegant, hand-crafted wines in an old world style. “From my most recent tastings, the wines from Damiani stood out. The winery, which debuted in the 2004 vintage, has steadily climbed to 4,000 cases of annual production. Winemaker Lou Damiani and grapegrower Phil Davis are focus... Read more
Located on the eastern shores of Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate NY, Damiani Wine Cellars produces elegant, hand-crafted wines in an old world style. “From my most recent tastings, the wines from Damiani stood out. The winery, which debuted in the 2004 vintage, has steadily climbed to 4,000 cases of annual production. Winemaker Lou Damiani and grapegrower Phil Davis are focusing on red vinifera varieties sourced from their 23 acres of vines on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake, a warmer spot known locally as the “banana belt.” James Molesworth, Wine Spectator Read less

External Reviews for Damiani Wine Cellars Riesling Seneca Lake

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
10/25/2011

When I sit down to taste a flight of top Finger Lakes Riesling with the New York Cork Report editorial staff, I know they're all going to be solid. I don't expect one to stand out; after all, Finger Lakes Riesling is Finger Lakes Riesling, right? Wrong. In a flight of some of the best bottlings released in 2010, this stunning example from off-the-beaten-track Damiani wowed every single one of us to immediately declare a unanimous vote for 2010 Riesling of the Year. Made in a horrendous vintage characterized by cold, wet weather and a short growing season -- a vintage typically described across New York as "a winemaker's vintage," "challenging," or simply "a nightmare" -- this is simply the best wine Damiani could have made, and it's delicious. Yes, there's searing acidity thanks to the cool season, but it's just the skeleton for a lush, peach-and-apricots flavor profile with a remarkably well-hidden 4% residual sugar to flesh it out. Stuffed like a fruit salad in a shot glass but cut through the center with vibrant acid, this is a terrific Riesling whether you're a dry wine newbie or a serious wine geek. Sometimes lousy vintages are the best opportunity to experience what a top producer can do. Try this example and see for yourself!


External Review
Vintage: 2009 01/10/2013

Our customers who have friended us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter already know the high opinion our Wine Associates have of Damiani wines, as evidenced by the multitude of posts and tweets before their arrival. As with many Seneca Lake wineries, their lineup offers world class wines from our own back yard and (when compared with delicious wines from other cool climate regions) great value. Our first order of business upon expanding our New York wall was to get these wines for our customers, who embraced them with open arms at our first Tasting Center event! Damianiandrsquo;s 2009 Riesling was my favorite, offering bracing acidic structure and intense fruit balanced perfectly in a semi-dry Riesling. Aromatic and flavorful, offering generous flavors of Empire apples with a touch of sweetness and a lasting, mouthwatering finish for which Finger Lakes wines have become noted!


External Review
Vintage: 2009 01/10/2013

When I sit down to taste a flight of top Finger Lakes Riesling with the New York Cork Report editorial staff, I know theyandrsquo;re all going to be solid. I donandrsquo;t expect one to stand out; after all, Finger Lakes Riesling is Finger Lakes Riesling, right? Wrong. In a flight of some of the best bottlings released in 2010, this stunning example from off-the-beaten-track Damiani wowed every single one of us to immediately declare a unanimous vote for 2010 Riesling of the Year. Made in a horrendous vintage characterized by cold, wet weather and a short growing season andndash;andndash; a vintage typically described across New York as andldquo;a winemakerandrsquo;s vintage,andrdquo; andldquo;challenging,andrdquo; or simply andldquo;a nightmareandrdquo; andndash;andndash; this is simply the best wine Damiani could have made, and itandrsquo;s delicious. Yes, thereandrsquo;s searing acidity thanks to the cool season, but itandrsquo;s just the skeleton for a lush, peach-and-apricots flavor profile with a remarkably well-hidden 4% residual sugar to flesh it out. Stuffed like a fruit salad in a shot glass but cut through the center with vibrant acid, this is a terrific Riesling whether youandrsquo;re a dry wine newbie or a serious wine geek. Sometimes lousy vintages are the best opportunity to experience what a top producer can do. Try this example and see for yourself!


External Review
Vintage: 2009 05/22/2011

Still a little tight, with lime and quinine notes holding the core of apple, pear and slate at bay for now. Offers solid depth on the finish. Just needs to open up a little with brief cellaring. Drink now through 2011.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 01/03/2012

Our customers who have friended us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter already know the high opinion our Wine Associates have of Damiani wines, as evidenced by the multitude of posts and tweets before their arrival. As with many Seneca Lake wineries, their lineup offers world class wines from our own back yard and (when compared with delicious wines from other cool climate regions) great value. Our first order of business upon expanding our New York wall was to get these wines for our customers, who embraced them with open arms at our first Tasting Center event! Damianirsquo;s 2009 Riesling was my favorite, offering bracing acidic structure and intense fruit balanced perfectly in a semi-dry Riesling. Aromatic and flavorful, offering generous flavors of Empire apples with a touch of sweetness and a lasting, mouthwatering finish for which Finger Lakes wines have become noted!


External Review
Vintage: 2009 01/03/2012

When I sit down to taste a flight of top Finger Lakes Riesling with the New York Cork Report editorial staff, I know theyrsquo;re all going to be solid. I donrsquo;t expect one to stand out; after all, Finger Lakes Riesling is Finger Lakes Riesling, right? Wrong. In a flight of some of the best bottlings released in 2010, this stunning example from off-the-beaten-track Damiani wowed every single one of us to immediately declare a unanimous vote for 2010 Riesling of the Year. Made in a horrendous vintage characterized by cold, wet weather and a short growing season ndash;ndash; a vintage typically described across New York as ldquo;a winemakerrsquo;s vintage,rdquo; ldquo;challenging,rdquo; or simply ldquo;a nightmarerdquo; ndash;ndash; this is simply the best wine Damiani could have made, and itrsquo;s delicious. Yes, therersquo;s searing acidity thanks to the cool season, but itrsquo;s just the skeleton for a lush, peach-and-apricots flavor profile with a remarkably well-hidden 4% residual sugar to flesh it out. Stuffed like a fruit salad in a shot glass but cut through the center with vibrant acid, this is a terrific Riesling whether yoursquo;re a dry wine newbie or a serious wine geek. Sometimes lousy vintages are the best opportunity to experience what a top producer can do. Try this example and see for yourself!


External Review
Vintage: 2009 05/22/2011

Ripe yellow peaches and cantaloupe combine elegantly with a hint of wet stones on the nose. A nice, tart acidity, steely backbone and a bitter citrus pith finish give this off-dry Riesling structure and balance.


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