Hermann J. Wiemer Riesling Finger Lakes 2008

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A favorite for light meats and summertime salads. Crisp, light and fruity, with an off-dry finish, the wine is reminiscent of a halbtrocken Kabinett from Germany's Mosel.

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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

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03/02/2011

Five glasses


External Reviews for Hermann J. Wiemer Riesling Finger Lakes

External Review
05/20/2011

A favorite for light meats and summertime salads. Crisp, light and fruity, with an off-dry finish, the wine is reminiscent of a halbtrocken Kabinett from Germany's Mosel.


External Review
05/20/2011

This pleasantly fruity white shows typical Riesling flavors of peach, mineral and light herbs. It's full-bodied yet dry and well balanced.


External Review
05/20/2011

From tank, the 2005 Riesling Dry looks set to be a winner. Smelling like a honey-laced Normandy cider, it comes onto the palate bright, sappy, and full of appley fruit. It is not the most complex of Rieslings (perhaps with some time?) but is utterly pure and lovely.


External Review
05/20/2011

Shows nice cut and length, with a lively green apple- and slate-driven profile of admirable precision. The nice crunchy-textured finish lets a green almond note linger. Drink now through 2010.


External Review
05/20/2011

Dry, but on the softer side, with forward pear, apricot and quince notes backed by a pure, unadorned finish. Not big, but persistent.


External Review
05/20/2011

As usual in this region, I found myself drawn toward the 2007 Riesling Dry rather than its "semi-dry" counterpart. Finger Lakes Riesling cannot support residual sugar in the manner of German Riesling. This wine labeled "dry" tastes like what in Germany would be considered "halbtrocken," which is to say it's well balanced with a very faint and appropriate hint of sweetness. Cooling lime and mint mingle with a hint of vanilla on a sleek, soothing palate with plenty of freshness but no distinct impression of acid "cut." A substantial, juicy finish is lent invigoration by faint fruit skin and lime peel astringency and a hint of pungent, bitter-sweet herbs. Enjoy Riesling this over the next 2-3 years.


External Review
05/20/2011

Hermann Wiemer produces some of the finest New York state wines I have had the pleasure to encounter. Though labeled "Dry," this Riesling still retains a slight hint of sweetness - enough to highlight the flavors of peach, slate, and citrus, but not enough to turn off the average dry wine drinker. Served alongside blackened catfish or chicken and risotto, this was a big hit at my rehearsal dinner.


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