Ravines Wine Cellars Riesling Finger Lakes Dry Riesling 2006
An Alsatian-style Riesling, this dry, firm wine has aromas of peach and citrus. Minerality backs the mouthfeel, while flavors of orange, melon, spice and peach pit play on the tongue. Strong acids and a long, minerally finish suggest that this wine will age gracefully over the next five years or more.
Ravines Wine Cellars is a boutique winery on the hillside of glacier-carved Keuka Lake in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York. We produce fine, dry European-style wines: wines with character, balance and a sense of place.
Growing up in the Fingerlakes region of Central NY, I've been on a quest to find the best representation of what the area is all about. In dog shows the animals are judged on particular guidelines and characteristics specific to the breed, and similarly I feel like this wine exhibits every possible incredible quality that you want from a dry Riesling. Situated on the slopes surrounding Keuka Lake, the Ravines wines really tell the tale of the steep slopes and mineral-rich soils. Immediately you taste overwhelming citrus notes balanced by the refreshing mineral taste not unlike cracking open an ice cold Perrier on a hot day. Comparitively to the 2007, the 06 is much drier on the palette and can seem much more "sour", but I feel like it's everything that a riesling truly should be. Last I knew they were on the last few cases available, but if you have a chance to try this it's worth every penny. If you can't find the 2006 vintage, my suggestion is to skip 07 alltogether and go straight to the 08, which is 95% as good as the 06.
External Reviews for Ravines Wine Cellars Riesling Finger Lakes Dry Riesling
A protégé of the late Willy Frank of Dr. Konstantin Frank, Ravines’ Provence-born winemaker Morten Hallgren has made a gorgeous dry Riesling. The wine, along with others emerging from the region, is on the cutting edge of what is perhaps America’s best appellations for producing world-class Riesling.This wine has some of that telltale petrol aroma (which the Germans euphemistically call “toast”) that for me signals Riesling’s typical minerality. Also on the nose are smells of dried apricots, while the texture on the palate is substantial. With an imperceptible trace of residual sugar (0.3), the wine finishes very dry. Hallgren told me that he thinks he makes “one of the drier” Rieslings in the region and for this wine he was going after minerality and floral characteristics; and I believe he’s achieved this.The grapes were sourced from a quartet of vineyards, whose vines range in age from 10-to-20 years. The sources are the Argetsinger Vineyard (40-45% of the blend) on Seneca Lake, Serenity Vineyard (15%), also on Seneca, Shaw (15%) on Keuka, and Hobbits Hollow (30 %) on Skaneateles Lake. The stated alcohol is 12.5 percent, and there were 1,300 cases produced.
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