Bellwether Wine Cellars 2012 Sawmill Creek Vineyard Riesling

Posted August 15, 2013 by Lenn Thompson in Regions


Bellwether Wine Cellars opened its doors today, offering tastes of its 2011 Sawmill Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir and three distinct rieslings. I got to taste all three — two dry, one semi-dry; one fermented with ambient yesasts, two not — and will write about all of them over the next few days.

But today, we focus on the Bellwether Wine Cellars 2012 Sawmill Creek Vineyard Riesling ($22), which is likely to be the crowd-pleaser of the riesling lineup.

Peach and green apple aromas are joined by a squirt of lime, honey and a bit of apple blossom on a pleasant, fruity nose.

The palate shows the kind of concentration and subtle mid-palate weight that one expects from Sawmill Creek Vineyard fruit,  with flavors of green apple, peach and slightly pithy lime rind — surrounded by gentle sweetness that is just-balanced by acidity. Though seamless and not flabby, a  bit more backbone and verve would likely focus the palate a bit and help to stretch out the finish.

Producer: Bellwether Wine Cellars
AVA: Finger Lakes
Vineyard: Sawmill Creek Vineyard
ABV: 9.5%
TA: 8.9 g/L
RS: 3.7%
pH: 3.1
Price: $22*

(3 out of 5, Very good/Recommended)


    Paul Z

    Would you ever consider doing a comparison tasting of wines made by different wineries using fruit from the same vineyard? (I’m looking at this vs. Red Newt, obviously.)


    I like your blog and loved it on

    Tina Hazlitt

    Lenn – we hold an annual private tasting of Sawmill Creek fruit and invite all of the wineries we sell to to compare notes, etc. We have a white night and a red night. It’s a lot of fun, and very informative for us. We will look forward to your thoughts, and if you need any info on what other wineries may have a certain variety from the same year, just let me know.

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