061223_lamland_009bSo I still haven’t decided what, if any, rating system I’m going to start using when I review wines here on LENNDEVOURS. That’s part of the reason that there haven’t been as many tasting notes as there usually is. The other reason is that sometimes I just plain don’t feel like sitting down and "tasting" wine. Sometimes you just want to drink wine, right?

But, I sat down last night with three recent releases from Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars up in the Finger Lakes. One (a chardonnay) was corked and you’ll be reading about the Gewürztraminer plenty here in the future (loved it) but today we’re going to focus on their 2006 Dry Riesling ($15).

Made with 100% estate-grown riesling, the nose has the intense lime aspect that I’ve come to expect with many Finger Lakes rieslings, and also has nice, juicy musck melon aromas and a faint mineral note. The winery’s website mentions pineapple on the nose, but I don’t get any of that at all. Lime is the central aroma here.

Tank aging on the lees gives this light-bodied wine a little more mouthfeel that you might expect (and even a little spiciness) and there are loads of juicy lime flavors with secondary ripe tropical ones. There is a very distinct pineapple note in the mid-palate that is really nice.

The acidity is fresh but elegant…not racy or overly tart. The wine is impeccably balanced as it moves over your palate. A squirt of fresh lime and just a little minerality mark a finish that lingers just a bit.

This is a fine example of dry Finger Lakes riesling. And you know I’m a huge fan of them. This is a producer that I’ve heard a lot of good things about, but this is the first wine that I’ve had. It definitely makes me want to explore the portfolio more.