As a resident of the great state of New York resident, I have at least somewhat ready access to a plethora of great local Rieslings. German — particularly those from the Mosel — are
my absolute favorites, but the Finger Lakes region is
responsible for what I consider to be the best bottles this side of the
Truth be told, vinifera grapes shouldn’t succeed in central New York.
But, the narrow, deep Finger Lakes gather and hold enough heat in the
summer to stretch the growing season into the fall and stave off early
As anyone who has ever visited the Finger Lakes knows, quality varies
greatly from producer to producer. You might have to taste five or ten
sweet, one-dimensional Rieslings before getting to one like this 2005
Dry Riesling from Sheldrake Point .
A light yellow in the glass with a subtle greenish tint, the nose is
fresh with ripe, crisp apple and lemon zest aromas accented by brown
spice notes. Balance is the key to any great Riesling and winemaker
Dave Breeden achieves that here.
This is a dry, light, clean wine with
citrus flavors up front that turn to green apple and pears on the
finish with just a little mineral quality. Fresh, palate-cleansing
acidity balances the substantial fruit flavor here. Very well done and
a great choice with anything from Thanksgiving turkey to Chinese
takeout to Mexican food (a new favorite pairing).