Hermann J. Wiemer Riesling Finger Lakes Late Harvest 2009

External Review by Premier Wine & Spirits:

For little more than the price of the dry version, consumers seeking noble sweetness can purchase Wiemer's 2007 Riesling Late Harvest. Pear, quince, and candied citrus rind inform this silken-smooth, quite sweet, but persistently juicy offering. Very subtle hints of botrytis pungency in no way disturb the admirable sense of purity on display here, and while there is certainly refreshment to be had here, one will not confuse this wine's overall softness with any German Spatlese or Auslese. This wine is ideal simply for sipping over the coming 3-5 years.

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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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External Reviews for Hermann J. Wiemer Riesling Finger Lakes Late Harvest

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/20/2011

For little more than the price of the dry version, consumers seeking noble sweetness can purchase Wiemer's 2007 Riesling Late Harvest. Pear, quince, and candied citrus rind inform this silken-smooth, quite sweet, but persistently juicy offering. Very subtle hints of botrytis pungency in no way disturb the admirable sense of purity on display here, and while there is certainly refreshment to be had here, one will not confuse this wine's overall softness with any German Spatlese or Auslese. This wine is ideal simply for sipping over the coming 3-5 years.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/20/2011

Offers a mix of fruits, with melon and mango flirting with lemon, peach and yellow apple notes, all allied to a creamy texture. Nice length, with a more off-dry than obviously sweet feel through the finish. Drink now through 2010.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/20/2011

Hermann is definitely the master of his domaine. This could be the best American late harvest Riesling ever made. Lively apricot and nectarine components lead to lighter elements of kumquat and gooseberry. A nice mixture of honeysuckle makes this a fabulous, not-to-be-missed Riesling. Light enough to go with full-bodied chicken, and an absolute knockout with lobster.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/20/2011

This New York Riesling is reminiscent of a fine Alsatian vendage tardive with its rich floral nose and full body. Flavors of lemon, green apple, grapefruit and lime sweep through the palate, finishing with mineral notes. The finely tuned balance of sweetness and acidity lend this wine to richer foods such as broiled monkfish or your most decadent cheesecake.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/20/2011

Inviting, with a gorgeous beam of persimmon, apricot and blood orange fruit flavors allied to a creamy, lush frame. Fig, green tea and creamed pear notes then fill out the lengthy finish, with great underlying snap. Drink now through 2019.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/20/2011

Flattering and forward, but with good drive, as off-dry apple, piecrust, candied lime peel and quince notes bounce along from start to finish. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

As Mosel a wine as you're likely to find this side of the Atlantic, this is Spätlese peachiness through and through. The fresh white peach fruit is nothing short of delicious, the racy acidity lifting it and carrying it long into the finish. Chill a bottle for a harvest luncheon with cheese, charcuterie and sliced apples.


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