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Herman J Wiemer Pinot Noir 2005

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Wine Advocate #167 (Oct 2006) The star of this portfolio in terms of pure quality is the 2004 Shiraz Freedom. Winemaker Paul Lindner fashions this cuvee from a vineyard planted in 1843. Aged two years in 70% new French oak, and bottled unfined and unfiltered, it is a cleverly constructed effort that initially seems somewhat subdued and restrained. However, with aeration, more nuances, flavor, and intensity emerge. My instincts suggest my score may be conservative when this wine hits its plateau of maturity in 3-4 years. It should keep for two decades. An inky/ruby/purple color is followed by subtle notions of damp soil, fresh mushrooms, blackberries, tar, and earth. Full-bodied with a restrained character, it is almost the antithesis of the flamboyant style of many South Australian reds. Displaying beautiful purity as well as good balance, it will be better with another 2-3 years of bottle age, and should drink well for two decades.

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Varietal: Pinot Noir
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Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard:
Riesling-obsessed connoisseurs know how important Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard's pioneering work is to wine. Hermann, born in Germany with an extensive wine family background, discovered the Finger Lakes in the 1960's, and its cool climate and gravelly soil reminded him of the Mosel Valley. Realizing the untapped potential of the Finger Lakes region, he started to grow classic European... Read more
Riesling-obsessed connoisseurs know how important Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard's pioneering work is to wine. Hermann, born in Germany with an extensive wine family background, discovered the Finger Lakes in the 1960's, and its cool climate and gravelly soil reminded him of the Mosel Valley. Realizing the untapped potential of the Finger Lakes region, he started to grow classic European vines along selected sites on one of the most prominent properties in the Finger Lakes. Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard estate grown wines are established from traditions of excellence and have a reputation for being exceptionally lush, crisp and well balanced. Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard is founded on the philosophy of quality and hand crafted wines. Located on the shores of Seneca Lake, the well drained sloping shalestone bedrock and Honeoye silt loam soil lend itself to the production of what critics consider to be some of the best grown Rieslings in America. Read less

Wine Advocate #167 (Oct 2006) The star of this portfolio in terms of pure quality is the 2004 Shiraz Freedom. Winemaker Paul Lindner fashions this cuvee from a vineyard planted in 1843. Aged two years in 70% new French oak, and bottled unfined and unfiltered, it is a cleverly constructed effort that initially seems somewhat subdued and restrained. However, with aeration, more nuances, flavor, and intensity emerge. My instincts suggest my score may be conservative when this wine hits its plateau of maturity in 3-4 years. It should keep for two decades. An inky/ruby/purple color is followed by subtle notions of damp soil, fresh mushrooms, blackberries, tar, and earth. Full-bodied with a restrained character, it is almost the antithesis of the flamboyant style of many South Australian reds. Displaying beautiful purity as well as good balance, it will be better with another 2-3 years of bottle age, and should drink well for two decades.

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